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What is Medical Nutrition Therapy? -
What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?

What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?

Medical nutrition therapy, also called MNT, is a science-based process meant to help people who have a medical condition that may be helped by making nutritional changes.  It also is useful in helping people prevent further complications and future diseases.  MNT can take place in a hospital, private practice, or even via telehealth services.  Often times, MNT is prescribed by a physician, but other times, individuals seek out a clinical nutritionist or dietician on their own.

We meet clients for MNT both virtually via Healthie Telehealth, and in-person at our office located at:

8115 Maple Lawn Boulevard Suite 350

Fulton, Maryland

How Do I Schedule an Appointment for MNT?

If you’ve never had an MNT appointment with us, simply scroll down below and click the continue button to schedule your appointment. 

If you are an existing client, please use the link below:

How Do Payments Work for MNT?

After your appointment is scheduled, we’ll gather your insurance information, assess any out-of-pocket costs you may be responsible for, and we’ll contact you to let you know.  If your insurance company does not cover our services, or if they only cover a portion of them, you will be responsible for paying the remaining balance at the time of your appointment.

Does Ford Wellness Accept Insurance as Payment for MNT?

Ford Wellness currently accepts the following insurance coverages for payment:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield 

We plan to add to this list throughout the year, and this page will be updated to reflect all changes as they occur.

In the meantime, if you do not see your insurance company listed above, you may see our nutritionists as an “out-of-network” provider.  If your insurance policy covers MNT, we can provide you with a “Superbill” which is a fancy itemized receipt that we provide specifically for cases like this.  They are designed especially for insurance companies and HSA/FSA providers. In a case like this, you would initially pay for your appointment with us out-of-pocket.  But after your appointment, we can provide a “superbill” to you that you can submit to your own insurance company or HSA/FSA provider for reimbursement.

Sometimes your insurance may cover part, but not all of our fees.  Sometimes you will be covered as long as you pay a co-pay.  And other times, you aren’t covered until you’ve paid a certain deductible amount for the year.  Sometimes your particular policy won’t cover MNT at all.  All policies are different, so it’s important to call them before you schedule with us so that you can be informed about your potential financial obligations.

Will My Insurance Cover MNT?

Most insurance policies cover MNT, but this will often depend on whether or not you have a condition that justifies their coverage.  For example, if you’re a person that wants to learn about healthy eating, but are in good health, your claim may be denied.  This doesn’t mean that you can’t schedule an MNT appointment, but it does mean you may have to pay for the full cost of the service out-of-pocket.  Someone in this example will likely be better served through our Nutrition & Health Coaching Services.

If you have a condition that has been diagnosed and documented by a physician, and your insurance covers MNT (sometimes referred to as nutritional or dietary counseling by insurance companies), you are more likely to be covered.  Conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and multiple sclerosis, or even mental health conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or depression, may be covered by insurance policies for MNT, but coverage varies from network-to-network.  Always contact your insurance provider beforehand to determine if your diagnosis is qualified for MNT coverage.

What Happens During an MNT Appointment?

Your nutrition professional will review your diagnosis and health history with you and conduct a nutrition-focused physical exam.  This may include things such as taking your weight, measurements, and blood pressure and checking your skin, hair, and teeth for signs of nutritional deficiencies.  Based on this information, your nutrition professional will determine what nutritional changes are necessary to support your body’s journey towards health.  Your nutritionist or dietician may also recommend nutritional supplements, like vitamins, minerals, plant products, herbs, probiotics, and other natural substances.  You’ll leave with a “Care Plan” that includes how to successfully implement those changes into your everyday life.

How Often Do I Need to Have an MNT Appointment?

Some people may only need one MNT session, but most people will need one or more follow-up sessions.  Typically, you see a nutritionist for MNT  as long as your diagnosis is current.  This means you may need to see your dietician or nutritionist on and off for many years, or even a lifetime – even after you think you’ve mastered the things you need to know to take control of your health.

Think of your appointment with a nutritionist the same as your appointment with your doctor.  When you have major issues, you probably see the doctor more often.  When your issues subside or aren’t as acute, you may not see your doctor as often, but you’ll still go every 6 months to a year for check-ups and preventive measures.  Nutritionists and dieticians are not physicians, but they are just as important to your continued health and wellness!

Who Is Qualified to Provide MNT Services?

While laws differ from state-to-state, MNT can generally only be provided by a licensed nutritionist or a registered dietician.  Nurses, physicians, fitness trainers, and health coaches are not qualified to provide nutritional counseling unless they have additional licensure and/or certifications in clinical nutrition.