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  • Does health insurance cover nutrition counseling?
    Yes, it depends on your specific policy, some insurance policies will cover your visits at 100%, some require a copay, and some may not cover any nutrition counseling. We are happy to check with your insurance provider to verify your current plan coverage prior to your visit.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    Yes, we currently accept Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island, Aetna, Carefirst, GEHA, Cigna, Magellan, Medicare, Medicaid, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, ConnectiCare, United Healthcare and Optum. Please give our office a call to see if we are in-network with your insurance. We are also flexible in developing payment plans for those handling expenses out of pocket.
  • What should I expect from the initial evaluation?
    During the initial evaluation, you and Matthew will speak about your nutrition goals, any barriers that may prevent you from achieving your goals, review lifestyle changes that will help support your personalized nutrition plan, and set goals for you to work toward between your initial evaluation and your follow-up appointment.
  • How long do your sessions last?
    Initial Evaluation could last anywhere from 60-90 minutes, while a follow-up could last 30-60 minutes.
  • What is the difference between a nutritionist and a registered dietitian?
    Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, whether they have a degree or not. To become a registered dietitian, you must complete 4 years of dietetic course work at a college or university. All students are required to complete a 1 year internship before applying to take their exam. Students must then pass an intensive 4 part exam before receiving their official designation as a registered dietitian from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • How quickly will I be able to see changes in my body?
    At MJD Nutrition, it is important we convey that change takes time and commitment. There are no long lasting “quick fixes”. We focus on creating lifestyle changes that work best for you and your condition to achieve lasting effects.
  • Can my doctor offer nutrition advice?
    Doctors can offer basic nutritional insight, but their overall education focuses on ailments and treatment. Many doctors and hospitals work hand in hand with registered dietitians to ensure the specialty nutrition needs for their patients are met and maintained. Registered Dietitians bring a wealth of nutrition focused education to address the specific nutritional needs for different age groups, ailments, and conditions.
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