07/07/2020 - The Academy continues to work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and their efforts to maximize capabilities within existing federal statutes that facilitate telehealth and streamline the provision of care during the COVID-19 public health emergency, specifically, as it pertains to the delivery of safe and effective nutrition care to Medicare beneficiaries. In a letter sent today to CMS, the Academy provided input on barriers to access of nutrition care for Medicare beneficiaries and well as highlighted regulatory limitations which prevent the RDN from practicing at the height of their scope of practice. The Academy also sought clarification from CMS regarding the RDNs' ability to provide MNT via telehealth and bill Medicare for these services.
The Academy also reiterated our support of CMS to extend current telehealth flexibilities that improve access to Medical Nutrition Therapy beyond the current pandemic to ensure that there is sufficient health care and services available by all distant site providers to meet the needs of individuals enrolled in Medicare. The Academy will continue to work with CMS of these efforts.