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Tell Medicare to Allow All Nutrition Specialists to Design Therapeutic Hospital Diets!

Medicare claims to be reforming some of its rules in order to get rid of unnecessary or burdensome regulations. This would revise the requirement that a therapeutic diet be prescribed only by the practitioners responsible for the care of the patient—a revision we agree with, since few physicians know anything about nutrition. But it would allow only Registered Dietitians (not Certified Nutrition Specialists, many with Master’s degrees and PhDs, or other highly qualified nutrition professionals) to prescribe a therapeutic diet.

There is no need to create an exclusive scope of practice to one private credentialed agency. Instead, it should be based on education and experience. The US Department of Labor places hospital diets under the control of both dietitians and nutritionists. Medicare rules should follow the same guidelines.

Tell the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow all qualified nutrition professionals to prescribe therapeutic hospital diets.

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