Academy Encourages CMS to Recognize MNT as Key Care Component for Pediatric Patients

03/23/2020 - Given the complexity and nuances that many pediatric chronic conditions present, it is essential that children with disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid have access – regardless of state lines – to medical and health care teams that are specifically trained to provide and manage care for those unique conditions. In a letter sent today to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Academy provided input on barriers and best practices encountered by Medicaid-eligible patients when receiving care from out-of-state providers, including: the impact of nutrition on medically complex pediatric patients; nutrition-related care coordination; network adequacy; and the importance of services provided by registered dietitian nutritionists.

The Academy recommends nutrition services be provided in an interdisciplinary, family-centered, community based and culturally competent manner.

Read the letter.