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Medicare/Nutrition Counseling

Marilyn Posted Fri 03rd of October, 2014 00:12:23 AM

Medical denies claims for obesity even with a referral from primary physician. What diagnosis code(s)Medicare will cover Nutritional services?

SuperCoder Answered Fri 03rd of October, 2014 07:59:50 AM

SuperCoder Answered Fri 03rd of October, 2014 08:13:57 AM

Thanks for your question. There are several diagnosis codes that support nutrition therapy. Under Medicare Part B, MNT is covered for patients with stage 3, 4, or 5 chronic kidney disease, kidney transplant, diabetes, renal disease, or gestational diabetes, but only when provided by a licensed registered dietitian (RD) or other licensed nutrition professional. In other words, Medicare does not cover MNT for most beneficiaries. Hope this helps.

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