Do you have questions about nutrition or how to use nutrition to manage a specific health condition? Consider meeting with a Registered Dietitian (RD) who is an expert in the field of nutrition.
Each RD tends to have areas of focus or interest. Here are a few common health conditions typical of a nutrition consultation:
- Weight Control
- Kidney Disease
- Cardiovascular health
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Food allergies
The Registered Dietitian will help you create an individual health plan specific to your needs and conditions. When you leave the consultation, you will have a detailed plan for improving your health and wellness. Before creating the plan, the RD will need to know your uniqueness. Topics around your eating habits, foods common to your diet, your lifestyle and other things that influence your health and behavior are commonly explored to get to know you better. After understanding you, an individualized plan is developed to help improve your health.
A referral from a physician, such as your primary care provider or a specialist, is necessary to schedule an appointment with an RD. They will include a diagnosis, pertinent labs and your past medical history to give the RD an adequate amount of background information to help you with your individual needs. After the nutrition consultation, the RD will communicate with your provider regarding the education provided and your individualized health plan.
Expect to commit up to 60 minutes at an initial appointment. This is the time necessary for the RD to get to know you, your goals and individual needs. If a follow up appointment is necessary, the appointment is typically 30 minutes, but could be longer or shorter depending on your needs.
A follow up visit may or may not be necessary. Usually when people work on weight loss or improving diabetes, a long-term relationship with the RD is very helpful. The RD can coach you through tough times and provide the guidance necessary for your success.
Certain insurances require a prior authorization before having a nutrition consultation. Those insurances will determine coverage and a specific number of visits allowed. If prior authorization is not necessary, it does not guarantee coverage. If you would like more information regarding coverage, please contact your insurance company. You can also refer to our insurance cheat sheet as a guide.
Generally, medical nutrition therapy occurs in 15-minute increments. The hospital charges about $55 per 15 minutes for an initial visit, so a 1-hour appointment is around $220. Follow up appointments are approximately $51 per 15 minutes. You do not pay at the time of your appointment. After the appointment, your insurance will be billed. Any costs outside of what your insurance pays will be your responsibility. Please note these are general estimated costs.
At this time during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual appointments are available in place of in-person appointments.
Consultations are at the hospital. Simply check in at the front desk at the time of your appointment. The RD will get you from the lobby. The appointment will take place in a comfortable office, sitting around a table. Appointments are also available 3 days a month at KVH Family Medicine Cle Elum.
Yes. Quite often it is beneficial to bring others who may be of help to you with improving your health. Spouses and caregivers tend to be good people to bring to your appointment.
An RD is someone who has completed a 4-year nutrition degree, a supervised program of practice and passed the RD exam. They also maintain continuing education throughout their career. About half of RDs hold certifications in specialized fields of nutrition.