FAQs

Why Contracting Takes So Long

Why Contracting Takes So Long

Let's talk a bit about why the contracting process requires zen level patience. On average, it takes three to six months to get contracted with each insurance company, with the latter being the more realistic time frame.

Why the lengthy process? Several factors draw it out: there are numerous steps and most aren't automatable, applications aren't viewed on a rolling basis by the companies, and unpredictable delays crop up along the way.

Can I charge my clients the difference between my hourly rate and what insurance paid?

Can I charge my clients the difference between my hourly rate and what insurance paid?

Balance Billing is the process of charging your clients the difference between your hourly rate and what insurance pays. This is tricky to get right and we do not recommend the practice of balance billing as it depends on the state you're in and the contract you signed with each insurance company.

Is Private Practice Right for Me?

Is Private Practice Right for Me?

Perhaps you’re a newly-minted registered dietitian nutritionist—congratulations on your recent accomplishment! Or maybe you’re an RDN with years of experience under your belt. No matter where you are in your career, you may have tinkered with the idea of launching your own private practice one day. 

How do you know whether starting and running a private practice is right for you? Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Here are three telltale signs that you’re ready to set up shop and take your dream to the next level!

Units: What does '15 min' Really Mean?

Units: What does '15 min' Really Mean?

When we talk about one unit, we mean 15 minutes. So, what do you do if a session is 35 or 50 minutes long? How many units do you bill for in this situation?

If you've billed insurance companies before, then you're familiar with units. Units are one way for providers to decide their fees for sessions that may not be exactly 60 minutes long. 

What to Ask a Nutrition Patient for Insurance

What to Ask a Nutrition Patient for Insurance

A patient calls to schedule an appointment. Great! What should you ask them to make sure they are covered by insurance? 

When entering a client into Healthy Bytes, we ask for: