Medicare revises medical nutrition therapy policy

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Sunday, March 31, 2002

WASHINGTON - CMS issued a decision memorandum expanding coverage of medical nutrition therapy for Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes and renal disease, allowing a patient to receive this new benefit while also getting diabetes self-management training (DSMT).

Under the medical nutrition therapy benefit, a dietician or nutritionist creates individualized meal plans, after assessing patients' health status, what they eat and how much exercise they get. Progress is checked throughout the year to see if the recommendations are working or whether they need adjusting. Dietary supplements, calendars, or foods are not covered. HME

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