What Medical Professionals Need to Know About AZ Dietitians in Mesa, AZ
Frequently Asked Questions:
What will insurance cover for my patients?
Many insurances will cover a minimum of 3 visits per calendar year for Nutrition Counseling or Medical Nutrition Therapy depending on the diagnosis code.
Are there specific diagnoses needed for my patient to see a dietitian?
Some insurances require specific diagnoses to cover visits. Since dietitians can’t diagnose, it’s important we receive a referral with notes of disease states so we can help the patient establish if their insurance will cover them. As an example, Medicare will only cover patients who have diabetes or kidney disease. Most commercial plans will cover diagnoses such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, obesity, or gastrointestinal disorders.
How quickly can my patient be seen by a dietitian?
We typically can see your patient the same week or the next week if their availability allows. We check the patient’s benefits once we receive a referral and before we call to schedule an appointment so the patient is aware of their nutrition counseling benefits but it is not a guarantee of coverage.
What do you need from my office staff?
Some insurances require a referral so we ask that a referral be faxed to our office at 480-809-6823 along with labs and any charting information you feel is important to help our dietitians see the whole picture.