Frequently Asked Questions
What is a registered dietitian vs. a nutritionist?
A Registered Dietitian (also called a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist now) has completed the required undergraduate coursework at an accredited 4 year college or university, then a 1 year supervised clinical and foodservice internship in an accredited program. Registered Dietitians must pass a national exam by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and gain licensure (if required by the state(s) in which they practice). Furthermore, maintenance of registered/licensed status is required by obtaining continued education from approved providers, earning additional professional credentials for specialties and/or advanced degrees. Registered Dietitians also must adhere to a Code of Ethics outlined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The term Nutritionist by itself does not have a standard definition, therefore Nutritionists can have varying levels of education from various sources. This is not regulated by a governing body and Nutritionists are not recognized as part of a medical team.
I’d like to use my medical insurance for nutrition counseling. How do I know what is covered?
You may call the Member Services number on the back of your insurance card to find out. Alternately, Jennifer is happy to call to verify benefits as well. Your first and last name, date of birth and reason for seeing a dietitian is appreciated to help this process along.
I have Independence Blue Cross insurance. Am I eligible for nutrition benefits?
Yes, you are eligible for up to 6 visits with a registered dietitian per calendar year covered at 100%.
I have Medicare and would like nutrition advice. Is this covered?
Medicare is accepted, however the policy only covers nutrition counseling in the presence of diabetes and/or kidney disease (excluding dialysis) and post kidney transplant. Conditions such as overweight/obesity, malnutrition and cardiovascular disease, etc. are not covered under the plan.
What do I need to do to start nutrition counseling with Jennifer Weis Nutrition Consulting, LLC?
Contact Jennifer via phone, email or through the contact form on this site. We need the following information to get started: Full name, date of birth, previous medical history, current medications/supplements, height/weight and nutrition goals/reason for nutrition counseling. It would also help to specify if insurance would be used, as benefits may need to be verified. Jennifer can get a scan of the insurance card at the first visit. The New Patient Checklist can help with this process.
I have purchased a package and the first session was 1.5 hours. Is this ok?
Purchased packages can be used in 1 hour sessions or 15 minute increments up to the amount of time purchased if that better suits the client’s needs.