You’ve made the decision to start your own practice and accept insurance. And you've heard that it could be 6 months before you see some contracts. There are a lot of ways you can use this “downtime” to promote and build your practice, which will help you get more clients in the door when you're ready for them.
There are many incredible resources on Facebook for dietitians who are interested in learning more from other dietitians about social media, entrepreneurial opportunities, media placement, and more! You may already be a member of some or all of them, but today we’re sharing the following list in the hopes that you check them out and join the ones that could prove valuable to your practice.
Many are closed groups, which means you’ll have to request membership on the respective Facebook pages, then verify that you’re a dietitian for the group administrator. Once you’re a part of the group, introduce yourself, engage, learn and contribute. There’s no time like the present to support one another as the health experts!
Last week, we shared Part 1 of our Public Health series. This week, we’re taking a more in-depth look at recent topics in public health nutrition that may be of interest to you and your practice.
As we know, dietitians are on the forefront of public health every day by increasing access to preventive care. Access to medical nutrition therapy is an important feature in a robust health system. Many diseases, such as diabetes, can be prevented with the types of behavioral modifications you discuss with your patients. These preventive services differ from medical services in that they include sessions with patients without a diagnosis and who are not actively presenting symptoms.
Where does the time go – it’s nearly time to head to FNCE! We can’t wait to see all of you at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Chicago this October 21st – 24th. We look forward to speaking with you and answering your questions about insurance, credentialing, contracting, billing and more.
This year, visit our booths 1207 or 1751 in the membership marketplace and take a break from the chaos that often goes hand in hand with the event! There will be comfortable chairs for you to relax in – feel free to kick off your shoes!
While clinical training emphasizes techniques to meet the personalized needs of the individual patient, it is also important for us to keep in mind the context in which health happens. While a patient's genetics and environment are of course important for many health outcomes, we must also pay attention to a number of other factors that are influencing patient health.
Social factors play an important role. These factors, the social determinants of health, include a patient's physical and built environment, socioeconomic position, neighborhood, occupation and cultural background. These can all inform your clients’ health priorities and decision-making processes.