What makes your team of registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) so different from other nutritionists?
Our team of registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) stand out from the rest because of our expertise and our approach.
Our expertise. All of our RDNs have, at minimum, attended a 4-year undergraduate program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education and participated in a 700+ hour internship program after graduation in order to sit for our registration exam. Our team also participates regularly in continuing education opportunities throughout the year.
Our approach. We provide non-judgement, weight-neutral care, choosing to focus on strategies that support long-term health versus short-term fixes. We believe diets do not work and that health can be achieved at any size. Our mission is to support everyone where they are at, taking into account their unique life experiences and desires.
What can I expect from working with a member of your team?
When you choose to work with us, you are inviting us to be a part of your wellness team. To us, this means we get to work collaboratively towards your goals. Our office and our virtual sessions are judgement-free zones where you can talk about food objectively and openly.
Where can I meet with an Around the Plate RDN?
We can meet with you in person at our Mt. Pleasant location.
Our Mt. Pleasant location is located at 113 W. Broadway St., Suite 200 in downtown Mt. Pleasant. You’ll find this address at the corner of Broadway and Washington St in the grey building that also houses the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. Enter the door on right and go up the stairs – we’re the first office on the right.
I want to meet with an Around the Plate RDN, but I don’t live in Mid-Michigan. Are there virtual options available?
Yes, virtual sessions are available through the Healthie platform that we use. Medical Nutrition Therapy sessions are available virtually to all individuals residing in Michigan. Meal planning sessions are available to anyone residing within the United States.
What does an initial session look like?
Your first visit with us is a great opportunity for us to get to know you and your food story. It’s also a great opportunity for you to learn more about us as well. Typically in this session you can expect your RDN to ask you a variety of questions related to your relationship with food. These questions will help your RDN develop an initial game plan to best support you moving forward. Your RDN will also walk you through a Food Frequency Questionnaire, a 24 hour recall, and any supportive materials provided. New clients also receive access to our online portal, Healthie, which is a HIPAA compliant program that allows us to message clients, share additional resources, and monitor food logs our clients share with us. Initial sessions typically last around 60 minutes.
How long can I expect to work with you?
This varies from person-to-person and may be affected by a variety of factors. We recommend that all of our clients who book an initial session with us see us for at least one follow up; however, we may recommend more follow up sessions depending on the level of accountability you need, your financial circumstances, or your health status. At times we may also work collaboratively with your team to determine if higher levels of care are needed.
Does insurance cover the cost of services?
Insurance coverage varies from plan to plan. As the client, is your responsibility to check with your insurance company before your initial session to inquire or determine level of coverage.
Currently, we are not in network with insurance providers; however, we can provide you with a Superbill after payment is received for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. We are not providers for Medicare or Medicaid.
In many cases you may need to obtain the ICD-10 code for the disease/condition that corresponds to the reason you are seeking nutrition counseling from your physician, psychotherapist, or psychiatrist. You may also need a physician’s referral and/or prior authorization from your insurance company.
When contacting your insurance company regarding coverage for nutrition counseling, you’ll want to make sure you provide:
- Your RDN’s Name
- Your RDN’s Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Number
- Setting: Private Practice (not affiliated with a hospital or physician’s office)
- Office Location
- Office Phone Number: 989-400-1478
- Office Fax Number:
- National Provider Identification Number
- CPIT Codes for Nutrition Counseling: 97802 (Initial Session) or 97803 (Follow Up Session)
When speaking with your insurance company representative, be sure to ask the following:
- Is nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian in private practice (not affiliated with a hospital or doctor’s office) a covered benefit under my plan?
- If so, for what conditions/diseases (ICD-10 codes) is nutrition counseling covered? Or, is the ICD-10 code for dietary surveillance and counseling (Z71.3) the proper code to use?
- Do I need a physician’s referral and/or prior authorization?
- How many visits are allowed?
- Is there a deductible and/or co-pay for nutrition counseling sessions? What are the amounts?
Why is this a valuable investment?
Investing in your self is always a quality investment, but our services are designed specifically to help you feel more confident in your body, more comfortable around foods and at peace with the food-related decisions that you make. These attitudes, once adopted, can help you not only discover a life free from diets and rigid food rules, but will encourage you to be curious with food, increasing dietary variety and increasing the quality of life you experience on an everyday basis. Are you ready to find your food freedom?