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Medical Nutrition Therapy and Registered Dietitian

What is a Registered Dietitian?

Registered Dietitians (RD) are professionals who provide reliable, objective nutrition information, separate facts from fads and translate the latest scientific findings into easy-to-understand nutrition. Think of your RD as a personal trainer for your diet who can customize a program to meet your needs. A RD is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements. The RD credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Some RDs may call themselves “nutritionists,” but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians.

A Covered Benefit on the MaineHealth Health Plan

Did you know MaineHealth health plan members can access nutrition counseling (also known as Medical Nutrition Therapy) as a covered benefit? Medical Nutrition Therapy is covered 100% (not subject to deductible) when you have a medical diagnosis. There are no visit limits so you can consult with a Registered Dietitian (RD) as many times as needed to improve your health.
Follow the steps below to view the Anthem provider directory for a Registered Dietitian near you:

  1. Log into your Anthem account at www.anthem.com/login/
  2. Select the Care tab at the top of the page
  3. In the search field type Dietitian, Registered

For Employees Not Enrolled in the MaineHealth Health Plan

If you are not on the MaineHealth health plan, visits with a Registered Dietitian can be submitted as a Healthy Payback reimbursement. Visit www.eatright.org to find a Registered Dietitian (RD) near you.