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How RDNs Are Paid for Services

As recognized experts in nutrition and dietetics, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are found in a variety of work settings throughout the country. Medical facilities typically have billing departments and teams who work with patients and clients or their insurance providers to collect payment (although for certain medical nutrition therapy services, individual RDNs may need to be enrolled as providers themselves). RDNs who offer MNT through their own practice, are part of a group practice or who contract with other medical facilities might be more directly involved in billing patients or clients through health insurance with either a private payer (e.g. Aetna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc.) or through the government programs (Medicare, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Plan).

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