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