Small Bites with Healthy Bytes

Hi there!

Healthy Bytes is excited to invite you to a meet-and-greet at our new office in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, September 7th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. We hope that many of you in the NYC metro area can join us for an evening of food and drink, and conversation with fellow RDNs and CNSs! In addition, our founder and CEO, Dr. Amy Roberts, will demystify health insurance – bring your questions! 

Registration is now open! 

Submit a “Small Bites” or Cocktail Recipe

As part of the fun, we’re also hosting a recipe contest! Do you have a great idea for a simple, healthy appetizer or pre-dinner drink? Want a chance to showcase your recipe development skills? Need guinea pigs to try your new appetizer? If you answered yes, we can't wait to hear from you.

Ready? Please click here to submit your best recipe for a nutritious and easy hors d'oeuvre or cocktail. Don’t forget to snap a photo of your creation to go along with your entry. Make sure to send it to us by the deadline of August 25th.

The winning recipes will be served at our meet-and-greet on September 7th for all to enjoy. You and your recipe will also be featured on our website and social media. 

We’re already getting hungry…and thirsty…can’t wait to see your creations!

Benefits of Nutritional Counseling in Diabetes Prevention

Benefits of Nutritional Counseling in Diabetes Prevention

The hardest part about marketing a preventive service is that results, though evident, require patience. The bottom line is, making dietary changes is hard, especially when there are purported quick-fixes in the form of medication. This is particularly pertinent for individuals who are at risk for or already have type 2 diabetes. Wouldn’t it be great if there was concrete evidence to demonstrate how much more worthwhile making behavioral changes is?

The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases initiated a clinical research study assessing the effectiveness of diabetes prevention using either medication or of weight loss through lifestyle changes in pre-diabetic patients. The study results demonstrated that lifestyle changes were nearly twice as effective as medication. 

Healthcare News Update: Bipartisan Efforts

Healthcare News Update: Bipartisan Efforts

The President’s efforts to repeal and replace did not go according to his plan, nor are they progressing as quickly as he would have liked. According to the Affordable Care Act Times, a more bipartisan effort to review healthcare legislation is in store. The outlet notes that the White House needs to make its next round of cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance carriers by an August 21st deadline – these fund subsidies for insurance obtained by seven million Americans through the Healthcare Marketplace. 

How to Find an Intern for Your Private Practice

How to Find an Intern for Your Private Practice

Are you looking to grow your practice? Are you looking for someone with a specific skill set to help you with an intermediate-term project? Or maybe you're looking to serve as a mentor for the next generation of nutrition professionals. If any of these situations sound like they apply to you, you may want to think about onboarding an intern. 

Panel Updates

Panel Updates

Last week, we discussed what options may be available to you if an insurance panel is closed. You can submit an appeal to be admitted to a panel anyway -- an effective strategy if you have a specialty that other in-network dietitians don’t have, or if your practice location is more than 30 miles away from any other qualified dietitian’s practice. You can also file out-of-network claims, which some companies do reimburse for.

Another alternative is to bide your time, contract with other insurance companies, and keep an eye on the closed panel(s) in question. We’ve been calling insurance companies regularly to find out the status of panels, and have some good news across several states!