Nutritional therapy looks at a person’s body as a whole and uses a nutrition-based guideline to manage acute symptoms or chronic conditions.
While searching for the root of one’s health concerns, nutritional therapy assesses imbalances in body chemistry. Specially formatted diets are then created to correct nutritional deficiencies with a goal of maintaining overall health.
Does Medicare Cover Nutritional Therapy
In some cases, Traditional Medicare services may cover Nutritional Therapy, however, there is certain criteria the government funded insurance requires.
- You must be diabetic or have chronic renal disease
- Must have had a kidney transplant within the last 3 years
- Your treating physician must state nutrition therapy is medically necessary
- You must currently be treating with a registered dietician or qualified nutrition specialist
Once eligibility has been established, Medicare Part B services will cover the cost at 100%. As long as the provider is in network with Medicare, there is no out of pocket costs and this includes your deductible, copayments and coinsurance.
While you’re undergoing nutritional therapy, you may come across new medical findings or health diagnosis.
In this case, you may require additional diagnostic testing and/or medical treatment in which your Medicare Part B benefits will apply. Keep in mind for new conditions and treatments, your Medicare Part B deductible must be met, and you may be financially responsible for coinsurance and copayments.
In some cases, a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Supplement Plan may pick up additional coverage for those services not covered by your Traditional Medicare benefits.
You can always talk to your healthcare provider for more information regarding medical nutritional therapy and what kind of treatment options are covered.
What Exactly is Nutritional Therapy
Regardless of age, young and old alike can benefit from nutritional therapy. Whether you’re looking to improve your overall health or whether it’s to alleviate certain symptoms associated with a medical condition, nutritional therapy can help.
The therapy itself uses an evidence-based approach when maximizing an individual’s health potential, by using specific nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Along with help from a nutritionist, particular foods can be used for specific conditions.
A nutritional therapist undergoes extensive schooling in biochemistry, pathology and physiology to obtain their degree. What’s different from a nutritionist and regular MD, is with nutritional therapy, the therapist looks at the body as a whole.
They take in a complete medical history and then also consider the person’s current health status. Once the full assessment has been completed, the nutritional therapist then factors in the individual’s symptoms, needs and goals.
Once identified, a nutritional therapist will then customize a personal diet and offers additional lifestyle advice. The tailored diet and lifestyle program are based off individual need and will include dietary counseling, meal suggestions/recipes as well as how to incorporate an overall lifestyle change into your day-to day regimen.
Additional Healthcare Coverage
To avoid some of the astronomical prices associated with some medical conditions and procedures, seniors, there is extra help available for you. Whether you’re looking for additional coverage for medical nutritional therapy or some other types of services, we can help you find additional coverage.
To go along with your Traditional Medicare benefits, there are Medicare Supplement Plans purchasable through the private insurance companies in your area.
These plans were created, with seniors in mind, to help limit their out of pocket costs when it comes to healthcare.
Medicare Supplement Plans work alongside your Traditional Medicare benefits and provide coverage for services not covered by straight Medicare. This includes coverage for things like deductibles, coinsurance, copayments and other healthcare costs.
You can call out toll free 800 number or fill out our online form to compare rates. Not only can our licensed insurance agents help you compare what the different insurance companies, we can also answer any questions you may have regarding these up and coming insurance plans.
With most seniors, “surviving”, on social security or disability benefits, their resources are limited and every dollar counts. By obtaining a Medicare Supplement Plan, you can save money in the long run as well as obtain prime insurance coverage.
Additional Facts on Medical Nutritional Therapy
One-on-one counseling for medical nutritional therapy can help those suffering from many medical conditions and their symptoms, not just those individuals suffering from diabetes.
Registered dietitians can provide, “reliable, objective nutrition information. They separate facts from fads and translate the latest scientific findings into easy-to-understand nutrition information.”
Read on for more fast facts on how medical nutrition therapy might be beneficial towards you:
- Weight loss/weight management
- Food sensitivities and/or allergies
- Heart consciousness diet’s
- Dietary needs for pregnant women
- Dietary restriction’s/management for those with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol
- Health friendly diets for those with GI issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticulitis, crohn’s disease, gastroparesis and other digestive medical conditions
- Celiac Disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD)
The above listed conditions are just to name a few. There is plenty more that medical nutritional therapy can help. A healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to just fall on you. A nutritional therapist can help with not only your diet, but also start you on the path of a new, improved and healthier, “you.”