The Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group recently conducted a study assessing the effectiveness of diabetes prevention using either medication or weight loss via lifestyle changes in pre-diabetic patients. Results demonstrated that both the drug as well as diet and activity coaching reduced the risk of developing diabetes. However, participants in the lifestyle coaching group were 58% less likely to develop diabetes compared to the control group. The lifestyle changes that you, as RDNs help your clients to make, were nearly twice as effective as medication.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is adding registered dietitian nutritionists as eligible healthcare professionals to its Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) beginning January 1, 2019. As such, if you are a Medicare provider, you will be able to report outcomes to the CMS and potentially receive an increase in your payments come 2021.
You may have clients who have health insurance coverage via multiple insurance plans. Why might your client be covered under two plans? One reason may be they have primary insurance through their own employer, and secondary coverage via their spouse’s or partner’s insurance plan. They may also be a dependent under another person’s plan.