With so many holiday traditions centered on food, this time of year can stoke the anxieties of many people who wish to balance their nutrition goals with family celebrations. When this happens, we can promote healthy goal setting, encourage healthy choices moving forward, and remind them that a few larger meals or less healthy choices do not erase all of the progress that they’ve been working hard on all year.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has made preventive services a priority. This is a great opportunity for dietitians. No longer do we have to wait for people to get sick with diabetes or kidney failure before we can provide care.
According to Healthcare.gov: "All Marketplace health plans and many other plans must cover the following list of preventive services without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible."
Dietitians are eligible to deliver at least two of those services:
- Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease
- Obesity screening and counseling
When we were setting up our business, we found one of the hardest parts was keeping track of the hundreds of different tasks occurring simultaneously. It was a becoming nightmare to find relevant information quickly, and the post-it notes that covered the office walls couldn't be accessed elsewhere.
And then we discovered Trello.
It quickly replaced the notepads, spreadsheets, and email notes - but the best part was, we could see our walls again! Trello is still one of our favorite organizational tools, and we highly recommend you give it a try!
Setting up a private practice is hard work! There are so many options, it’s overwhelming. Without guidance, sorting through all the noise to find the information that actually applies to you is nearly impossible.
Not to worry!
In this post, we’ll outline the high-level steps you'll need to get started on the right path. In upcoming weeks, we’ll expand on some details, and lay out the next steps.
We’ve seen this process work well for many RDs. Though it may seem like a lot of work at first, remember that you’ll only need to complete the process once!