How Insurance Used To Be
In the past, accepting health insurance was a question of "Is this worth my time and effort?" because of limited reimbursement and the upfront time investment to get credentialed and contracted with different health plans. And let's not forget about all the extra time you'd need to spend performing client eligibility checks and submitting successful claims to obtain your reimbursements!
How Things Are Changing
With the Affordable Care Act, nutritional counseling is now covered by many insurance plans. For the first time, RDs can be reimbursed by insurance for more nutrition-related diagnoses than ever before.
As of 2015, nutritional counseling is an essential benefit in 26 states and widely covered even in states that don't have it as an essential benefit. The new emphasis on preventative services makes it possible to get reimbursed for weight management, disordered eating, and many other areas that were hard to get paid for in the past. The areas that were traditionally covered, such as diabetes and kidney disease, have also seen improvements. With many plans, patients are getting unlimited visits that are fully-covered for nutritional counseling.
Once you're set up with some insurance companies, it'll help you grow your practice faster than before.
What That Means for Dietitians
We've seen RDs grow from needing day jobs to being able to sustain full-time private practices. Being a provider with a variety of insurance companies increases the number of patients you can see, often at no cost to the patient.
You can still set your rate. We can help you understand what is competitive for your area, and when possible, negotiate for a higher reimbursement level. Many RDs find that the reimbursement levels are competitive with what they were charging self-pay clients.
How does Healthy Bytes fit into the changing world of insurance?
We help you get set up with insurance companies, and then you can use our platform to submit claims electronically.
Read our posts on Healthy Bytes as a tool, and filing a nutritional counseling claim through Healthy Bytes to find out more!