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How Nutrition, Weight Loss, and Lifestyle Counseling can Help You

Making sense of food and nutrition information is often difficult in our modern day environment.  Dietary advice can also be confusing and ineffective if it is not evaluated against the best available scientific evidence. Our Dietitian/Nutritionist will work with you to assess your nutritional requirements, they will analyze dietary and lifestyle factors specific to you, and formulate a customized plan to meet your individual needs as well as your personal health and weight goals.  Nutrition intervention when matched to your lifestyle, culture and metabolic requirements will help to improve your energy levels, sense of well-being as well as your quality of life in the short and long term. To learn more about how Medical Nutrition Therapy can help you better manage a chronic condition click here.

The Avance Care Nutrition Experience

Developing a long-term partnership with your dietitian is key to achieving results. Your dietitian is your coach and accountability partner. While each appointment is tailored to what is most helpful to you now, here is an idea of what to expect at your nutrition appointments:

First Visit

This is a 60-minute “get-to-know-you” session with your dietitian. Dietitians ask a lot of questions! Learning the ins and outs of you daily routine, as well as understanding you vision for your health allows u to develop a plan that will be personalized to your needs. Your dietitian may complete a nutritional analysis report of your typical food intake to review with you, serving as a starting point for education and goal setting. If you are taking any nutritional supplements, bring these with you. 

Second Visit

This 60-minute visit is often focused on review food planning to help you reach your wellness goals. These ideas may include home cooked meals, healthier convenience items, or healthier dining out options, depending on your needs. Your dietitian may also begin to discuss how to form healthy habits and address behaviors around food and eating.

Third Visit

At your third appointment you and your dietitian will review how you are progressing with your goals, problem solve any barriers, and identify additional changes that need to be made if necessary.

Ongoing Follow up

Follow up visits are 30-60 minute sessions that allow for continued learning, problem solving and goal setting. Other topics covered in sessions may include: mindful eating practice, emotional eating and reducing food cravings, dining out, stress management, sleep hygiene, physical activity planning or navigating the grocery store. These follow ups are scheduled at a frequency determined by you and your dietitian. Many patients find biweekly check-ins to be useful in the early stages of lifestyle change.

Does my health insurance provide benefits for nutritional counseling and weight loss services?

Most health insurers cover counseling services provided by a registered dietitian. In some cases, you may be eligible for unlimited benefits with no copay or deductible. We accept:

Blue Cross Blue Shield
United Health Care

After scheduling your visit, our coordinators will call your insurance provider to verify your benefits and will alert you of any copays or fees, if applicable.

Questions for Your Insurance Company

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) Codes

97802: initial assessment and intervention, individual consultation

97803: re-assessment and intervention, individual, consultation

  • Do you cover codes 97802 and 97803?
  • Does my deductible apply for procedure codes 97803, 97802, and if so, how much remaining deductible do I have?
  • Is there a limit to the number of time units that are permitted per visit and per procedure code?
  • Is there a limit on the number of visits permitted per enrollment period?
  • Is there a co-pay on codes 97802 and 97803?
  • Do I need a specific diagnosis in order to receive these benefits?

For example, some health insurance companies may only provide benefits for diabetes, while others will pay for nutritional counseling related to almost any condition. It is important to know what your benefits are and to discuss this with the Dietitian/Nutritionist when you meet.

Out of Pocket (Self-Pay) Payments

If you choose to pay out of pocket, our self-pay rates are:

Initial, 2nd, and 3rd visit (60 minutes): $100

Follow Ups (30 minutes): $50

Cancellation Policy

Due to the high demand for nutrition counseling at Avance Care, we respectfully ask that if you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment that you provide us with a minimum of 24-hour advanced notice. For appointments that are cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice, a “no-show” fee of $75 will be billed to your account.

Please call Avance Specialty Services directly at 919-237-1337 option 4 to learn more about Nutrition Services and book your first appointment.

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