Can I use my insurance to pay for nutrition counseling?

I am out-of-network with insurance. You can, however, use your HSA (Health Savings Account) or FSA (Flexible Spending Account) cards to pay for my services. I can also provide you with a superbill (an itemized receipt) that you can then submit to your insurance for potential direct reimbursement if you have any out-of-network benefits.

If you cannot afford my 1:1 Nutrition Therapy rates ($297/month for 6 months or $397/month for 3 months), you can apply for my Financial Assistance Waitlist. I take one client at a time for 50% of my usual rate. Select that option when you fill out the form on my 1:1 Nutrition Therapy page.

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What is the difference between an RDN and a nutritionist?
A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) can choose to use the credential RDN or RD (registered dietitian). An RDN/RD has completed the following:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree with coursework approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
  • Completed at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice in an accredited, supervised practice program at a health care facility, community agency and/or foodservice operation.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements (minimum of 75 units/5 years) to maintain registration and advance their knowledge and skills.

Some RDNs also have advanced degrees and/or hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as diabetes education or sports nutrition.

The title “nutritionist” is much less regulated. An individual using this title could be highly qualified or not qualified at all.

Some individuals pursue the credential Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). The Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS) offers the opportunity to earn the certified nutrition specialist (CNS) credential. To become a CNS, a candidate must complete a master’s or doctoral degree in a nutrition-related discipline, complete 1,000 hours of supervised practical experience, successfully pass the certification examination, and complete continuing professional education needed to maintain certification.

In order to receive accurate information, I strongly recommend looking for the RDN, RD or CNS credential when seeking a nutrition counselor or nutrition-related article or book.

What is the cancellation policy?

Amy Lorraine Nutrition, LLC, has in place a 24-hour cancellation policy for all appointments.

Missed appointments or appointments cancelled or rescheduled in less than 24 hours prior to the appointment time will result in a fee of $25 charged to the card kept on file.

No calls/no shows will be charged the entire visit fee on the second occurrence and any after.

How do I pay you?
I accept cash, check, credit/debit cards, HSA (Health Savings Account) cards and FSA (Flexible Spending Account) cards.
A credit/debit card on file is required to secure appointments.
How should I prepare for my first appointment?
  • After you schedule or book with me for the first time, you will receive a welcome email from my electronic health record, Better. Please create a login and complete the intake forms before our first appointment.
  • Although it is not required, it may be helpful to upload any recent lab work, doctor’s reports, and medication and supplement bottles/labels.
How should I prepare for a virtual session with you?
  • Make sure you are using either Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, as the HIPAA-compliant video chat through Better, my electronic health record, is not supported on other web browsers.
  • After you schedule or book with me for the first time, you will receive a welcome email from Better. Please create a login and complete the intake forms before our first appointment.
  • If you plan to have me bill your insurance, you may wish to check your benefits first. Instructions for this can be found on this page under the question “Will my insurance cover nutrition counseling?” as well as in the intake forms on Better.
  • If your insurance requires a physician’s referral, make sure I have received it.
  • Although it is not required, it may be helpful to scan in any recent labwork or doctor’s reports, medication and supplement bottles/labels, and a 3-day food log.
What can I expect from a session with you?
At your first session, most of our time will be spent discussing your health history, eating habits, and primary concerns/goals. I will assess your current level of nutrition knowledge as it pertains to your specific needs and/or goals. We will then begin the process of making a plan for moving forward and specify the first baby step towards your goals. At follow-up sessions, we will discuss challenges you faced in making changes and dig deep into how to overcome them. We may brainstorm alternative goals or stepping stones to your goals. I may also refer you to other healthcare professionals as part of your wellness journey.

During our sessions, YOU are in charge. I will primarily be asking questions during our sessions in order to provide more accurate suggestions and direction, and hopefully you will gain some insights about yourself as well along the way!

What is Better?

Better is a HIPAA-compliant practice management and telehealth platform for nutrition and wellness businesses. Once you have booked an appointment or purchased a package, you will receive a welcome email with the link to create an account. You can access Better by going directly to my private bookings page or by clicking the Client Login button at the top right of any page on this website.

Once in your Better account, you can schedule/reschedule appointments, message me securely, purchase services, pay invoices, and view any documents I have shared with you. You can also download the Better app, which has several helpful tools.

How often will we meet?

Session frequency varies with each of my clients, depending on their goals and nutrition status. You may wish to see me more frequently at first and slowly decrease frequency over time. This usually looks like 3 sessions the first month or 2 and then 1-2 sessions each month thereafter.

Where is your office?
I don't live in or near Lexington, KY. Can I still see you?

Yes! I offer virtual appointments using a HIPAA-compliant video chat through the service Healthie. If you live outside of Kentucky, please contact me.

I am seeking a nutrition service that is not on your services page.
I have a question that is not covered here.

I’m happy to answer any questions. Just ask!

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