Finding the right nutritionist for you can be a difficult process. You may be wondering if your insurance will cover their services, or how to find one that is in-network. We have written an article with all the information you need to know about finding and using a nutritionist!
1. What is a nutritionist and what do they do?
A nutritionist is a person who specializes in food and diet. They might help you achieve certain health goals, such as losing weight or changing your lifestyle to fight an illness.
– A good way to find a qualified nutritionist is by looking for one that has earned their certification from the American Dietetic Association (ADA). You can find ADA-certified professionals on their website.
– Some nutritionists might be in-network with your insurance or offer a sliding scale fee.
2. Why you should see a nutritionist
There are many benefits to seeing a nutritionist. They will be able to:
– Help you set realistic goals and achieve them
– Educate about healthy eating habits, the importance of vegetables in your diet, or if dairy is okay for someone with lactose intolerance
– Offer dietary advice that might not otherwise occur to you when grocery shopping on your own
– Provide counseling sessions based on their knowledge of food psychology and how it can affect moods and behaviors like anxiety or depression. These types of treatment options could last from six months up to one year.
Keep these points in mind when looking for a nutritionist:
– You want to find someone with a similar philosophy and lifestyle as yours, so it’s best if they specialize in the same type of diet.
– Find out how much you’ll have to pay upfront before making an appointment. Some nutritionists might offer treatments on a sliding scale fee or may be covered by your insurance. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
3. How to find a nutritionist covered by your insurance
– If you have a HMO plan, your benefits are limited to the doctors and hospitals that participate with it. It might be difficult or impossible to find an in-network nutritionist.
– With PPO plans (health insurance), which covers a range of providers for out-of-pocket costs like co payments, office visits and prescriptions, coverage varies by provider so make sure you ask before making any appointments. You may need approval from your primary care physician if he/she doesn’t offer this service yet. This is often necessary as they will want to see records of past health screenings done by other professionals first before sending you elsewhere for treatment.
– Check with your employer or company’s Human Resources department
– Look for an in-network provider through websites like the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF). You can also contact these organizations directly for more information about who is covered by their network.
If you don’t already have a nutritionist in mind, start by searching for one nearby. You can also ask your doctor or another healthcare provider if they know of any qualified dietitians that might be accepting new clients.
4. Costs of seeing a nutritionist
Obviously, the costs vary depending on your provider. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) website has a handy calculator to help you estimate how much it might cost for an initial consultation with them or another nutritionist that is in their network.
– Initial Consultation: $125
– Follow up Visit Fee: $75
If you are lucky and have health insurance coverage through PPO plans, then those out-of-pocket expenses would be co payments, office visits and prescriptions. You can check if there’s a sliding scale fee by asking the professional before making any appointments so that they can let you know what fees will apply based on your income level. If not covered by insurance, many qualified dietitians will offer an initial consultation for a reduced fee.
– Initial Consultation: $75-$125
– Follow up Visit Fee: Same as above
If you don’t have health insurance, your out-of pocket costs could be even more expensive and the fees can vary from provider to provider too – they might charge by the hour or provide various different options like packages with discounts on sessions if seen regularly. You want to find someone who is in network with your insurance so that it’s covered by them instead. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
5. Tips for using a nutritionist’s services effectively
– Find someone with a similar philosophy and lifestyle as yours, so it’s best if they specialize in the same type of diet.
– Check your insurance coverage before making any appointments to see which practitioners are covered by them. You’ll need approval from your primary care physician first if he/she doesn’t offer this service themselves. This is often necessary as they will want to see records of past health screenings done by other professionals first before sending you elsewhere for treatment.
– Make sure that the provider you choose offers an initial consultation at a reduced rate or on a sliding scale fee based on income level because these types of treatments can last up to one year!
– If you have questions about nutritionist services offered online, consult websites like the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF).
– Consult your employer or company’s Human Resources department for more information about who is covered by their network.
– Look at reviews from other clients to see if they are trustworthy, have a good personality, etc. You want someone you feel comfortable with so it will be easier to implement changes in your diet if needed.”
6. Additional resources on the topic of finding and using a nutritionist
– American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
– National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF)
– WebMD: “find a dietitian” or “Find a Nutritionist”
One you have found an appropriate nutritionist, it’s easy to begin your treatment by making an initial appointment. You can do this either in person or online via video chat if the provider offers these services. When setting up that first consultation, be sure to ask about any fees and what they include so that you are prepared for whatever is needed ahead of time.