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VIDEO: Medical nutrition therapy may control 'ABCs' of diabetes

SAN DIEGO — In this video exclusive, Endocrine Today Diabetes in Real Life columnist Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, speaks with certified endocrine coder Mary Ann Hodorowicz, RDN, MBA, CDE, about medical nutrition therapy for people with diabetes.

Medical nutrition therapy is an intervention to treat or prevent medical diseases and conditions and their symptoms via a personalized diet plan created and monitored by a dietician or nutritionist. For people with diabetes, that monitoring would involve confirming that laboratory and weight targets were being met. The goal of medical nutrition therapy is to control “the ABCs,” according to Hodorowicz—A1c, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Hodorowicz also offers tips for reimbursement, emphasizing that about 80% of reimbursement rules are not reflected on the claim form, but have to be implemented at the practice setting.  

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