Academy Coronavirus Professional Resources: https://www.eatrightpro.org/coronavirus-resources
Recorded Academy Webinar – “Providing Nutrition Services via Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What RDNs Need to Know (Part 2)”
As our nation continues to deal with an unprecedented public health emergency, RDNs in both health care facilities and private practice are turning to telehealth as a means for providing medical nutrition therapy and other nutrition-related services to the populations they serve. There is a continuous stream of legislative and regulatory guidance as Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, state Medicaid programs and commercial/private payers strive to offer flexibilities to allow RDNs and others to continue to bring important services to patients and clients while keeping everyone safe.
Telehealth Resources from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics including Telehealth Quick Guide for RDNs: https://www.eatrightpro.org/practice/practice-resources/telehealth
Teleheath Expansion Updates including Coverage Dates and Copays:
- Aetna – https://www.aetna.com/health-care-professionals/covid-faq/telemedicine.html
- Cigna – https://static.cigna.com/assets/chcp/resourceLibrary/medicalResourcesList/medicalDoingBusinessWithCigna/medicalDbwcCOVID-19.html
- United Healthcare – https://www.uhcprovider.com/en/resource-library/news/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19/covid19-telehealth-services/covid19-telehealth-services-telehealth.html
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Virtual Office Hours with questions regarding telehealth during COVID-19: https://www.eatrightpro.org/news-center/member-updates/coronavirus-updates/academy-telehealth-office-hours
Licensure Guidance by State during COVID-19: https://www.eatrightpro.org/-/media/eatrightpro-files/coronavirus/licensure-guidance—dietetics-practice—emergency—cross-border-and-telehealth-(2).pdf?update1&la=en&hash=B4F3033F585F60906C0F471C9CE84C617D1D0F37
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Update – In response to requests from the Academy and other stakeholders, CMS has announced that they will allow certain services on the list of Medicare approved telehealth services to be delivered via audio-only during the current public health emergency. The list includes MNT (97802, 97803, 97804, G0270), DSMT (G0108, G0109), and IBT for obesity (G0447) services. All existing aspects of patient eligibility and benefit design still apply. Coding and billing guidance remain unchanged.
The Academy supports this important flexibility that brings nutrition care to Medicare beneficiaries without access to interactive audio-video technology or who are otherwise unable to use it. Please see the links below for additional information.
Medicaid and Telehealth in Virginia:
Voices for Healthy Kids COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Opportunity – Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has announced the launch of the new Voices for Healthy Kids COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Opportunity. In response to the current environment, they are leveraging their strengths, proven infrastructure and resources to support COVID-19 response and relief efforts to meet the immediate needs as defined by the communities they serve. These grants are targeted at safety net issues most closely related to the Voices for Healthy Kids body of work. Preference will be given to community-based organizations with demonstrated experiences working to build power in communities most impacted by health inequities including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian and Alaskan Native, or children living in families with low-income. Organizations “of community” and with lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here for more information, including how to apply for these grants.
CDR Deadline Extended to July 15
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is extending from May 31 to July 15 the deadline for CDR-credentialed practitioners to complete continuing professional education needed to finish their PDP requirements. CDR is communicating with practitioners affected by this extension.
Learn More: https://www.cdrnet.org/covid19
Changes to Dues Deadline, New Payment Options Announced to Help Support Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In a time when we are faced with more questions than answers, the Academy is listening to government agencies, experts and our members—and adapting and executing business strategies to meet the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Recognizing that the annual renewal cycle coincides with a time of uncertainty, membership renewal has been extended through June 30, 2020. In addition, CDR will be holding off invoicing registration maintenance fee until mid-July.
- The Academy also has implemented a two-installment payment option, with the first payment due June 30 and the second due by September 15.
- For individuals experiencing a financial hardship that threatens their ability to maintain Academy membership, an application for a Financial Hardship Dues Reduction is available.
Members may use the two-installment payment plan or request a Financial Hardship Dues Reduction application by calling the Academy Member Service Center by phone 800/877-1600, ext. 5000 (M-F; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Central Time) or by email email@example.com for assistance.