06/08/2022 - In a letter from the Academy's CEO and President of the Board of Directors, the Academy urged Aetna to rescind its recent revision to its Mid-Level Practitioners and Other Qualified Health Care Professionals Payment Policy that reduced payment to RDNs. Aetna responded promptly accepting the request for a meeting to discuss the policy update. The Academy will keep members informed as to the outcomes of that meeting.
In the meantime, RDNs are encouraged to use the new Payment Practice Tip in their efforts to renegotiate contracted rates with Aetna and continue to report outcomes back to the Academy. While the Academy understands that for many RDNs such efforts have been unsuccessful, the data is critical to informing the Academy's strategy.