Q: Is there a difference between a Registered Dietitian and a nutritionist?

A: A RD  is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including: earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

  • Completed an accredited, supervised internship at a health care facility, community agency, or food service corporation.

  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration on an ongoing basis.

            So how is a Registered Dietitian  (RD) different from a nutritionist?  In some states, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, diet coach, nutrition coach, or even a nutrition consultant without any additional education. They do not require a license, or work experience nor do they have to sit for a national registration exam.

            NEC Health and Nutrition has only the highest qualified Registered Dietitian with greater than 20 years of  experience in Nutrition and lifestyle science.

Q:What insurance or forms of payment do you take?

A: While our RD is not contracted with insurance, you will be provided a “superbill” receipt that can be submitted to insurance for payment.

            Payment can be made by cash, check, FSA/HSA (flexible spending/Health Savings account) or credit card.

            A “Superbill” is a receipt that shows all of the diagnosis codes needed for your insurance to reimburse you for payment. You should call them to see what services they will will cover.

Q:What if  I cannot make it to the office?

A:You can make an appointment via telephone, tele-medicine/Skype, email, and many other convenient means of communication. See the Privacy policy.

            We are happy to assist you with setting up Skype or the other “video chat” applications. We have suggestions for applications that are more secure depending on your device. This allows you to be anywhere in the country and still have a meaningful relationship with your Registered Dietitian and other medical professionals at NEC Health and Nutrition.

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