Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST (RDN)?
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are nationally-recognized food and nutrition experts who are uniquely qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy for specific disease conditions and general nutrition counseling for optimal health. RDN's have met the following academic and professional requirements:
Only an RDN is accredited and recognized by the US Government to provide nutrition services that are eligible for insurance reimbursement under the current health care laws. For more information refer to the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
WHAT IS A HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACH?
“Coaching is the process of bringing out the greatness of people.” — Dave Buck, The Language of Coaching, 2004
Health and Wellness Coaches are credentialed health, fitness, and mental health professionals (including dietitians, physical therapists, nurses, physicians, and behavioral health therapists) who combine evidence-based approaches for behavior change with their expert knowledge to assist their patients/clients to manage medical conditions and optimize all areas of well-being (physical activity, nutrition, weight, stress, and life satisfaction).
Health and Wellness coaches are trained practitioners of coaching psychology. Coaching psychology integrates the theories of positive psychology (the scientific study of happiness and well-being) into evidence-based methods for facilitating behavior change. For more information visit the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching.
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
I approach health care from a functional medicine perspective that focuses on treating the root cause of disease and imbalances. Through the right combination of nutrition (whole foods and supplements when appropriate), exercise, sleep, stress management, mental wellbeing and optimizing our environment we can support the body's natural healing process. Every body has a unique genetic makeup and develops under unique environmental circumstances, therefore all of my health care is personalized to support your body's needs in various stages of healing.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES AND DOES INSURANCE COVER MY VISIT?
All Great Nutrition is in-network with Aetna Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield. However, many PPO plans offer out-of-network benefits that may reimburse you for nutrition counseling from a RDN of your choice even if you do not have Aetna or Blue Cross. Coverage and reimbursement will depend on several factors including your specific plan benefits, medical diagnosis, and if your coaching session is in-person or video chat.
If you are using insurance to pay for your visit, please note that it is your responsibility to contact your insurance company about benefits and eligibility, payment, and fees for nutrition counseling. Your insurance is a contract between you and your insurance carrier and does not guarantee payment for nutrition services. All Great Nutrition cannot become involved in disputes regarding claims, deductibles, co-payments, non-covered charges, or other denials of payment. If you have any questions regarding your insurance coverage, please direct them to your insurance representative.
Please contact us for questions about individual and package fees.
DO YOU OFFER VIDEO SESSIONS?
Yes! We offer video sessions through a HIPPA compliant software, so your sessions remain secure and confidential. If you are using insurance to pay for your visit, video sessions may or may not be covered. Please call your insurance representative to confirm your benefits for telehealth.
HOW DO I GET STARTED AS A NEW CLIENT?
Contact us directly to schedule an appointment by visiting our contact page. We will get back to you within 24-business hours to get your started!
WHAT IF I WANT TO CANCEL MY SESSION?
In the event that you are unable to keep an appointment, you must notify your nutritionist/coach at least 24-business hours in advance of your appointment so we can offer your appointment slot to someone else. If such advance notice is not received, you will be financially responsible for the session you missed. Please note that insurance companies do not reimburse for missed sessions and your credit or debit card will be charged a session fee of $75.00 if you cancel less than 24-business hours to your session. There is flexibility for emergencies.