What is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)?
An RDN is a food and nutrition professional that has earned an RDN designation from the Commission on Dietetic Registration and is licensed by the State of North Dakota. A registered dietitian nutritionist is your most credible source of nutrition information.
What is outpatient medical nutrition therapy (MNT)?
Medical nutrition therapy is a service provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist who has the knowledge in nutrition and disease management to work with individuals who have specific needs. Areas of expertise include cardiovascular conditions (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides), diabetes, pre-diabetes, food allergies, celiac disease, gastrointestinal disorder, kidney disease, cancer, weight management, bariatric issues, and childhood/adolescent nutrition.
Will insurance cover medical nutrition therapy?
Please check with your insurance company for authorization prior to your first visit to find out whether your insurance covers MNT and for what conditions.
Do I need a referral from a doctor or other provider?
A referral is required for MNT and is also necessary to receive insurance reimbursement.
Your initial appointment
Typically, the initial session lasts an hour and involves a full assessment of your nutritional needs and goal setting. You’ll need to bring a list of vitamins, minerals, or herbal products your using, along with a list of food allergies. It’s also helpful to bring a three-day record of any food consumed, including time of day, type of food , and the quantity. Follow-up appointments may last 15-60 minutes, depending on your needs.
Fees and scheduling
After a referral is obtained, an appointment may be scheduled by calling the Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Education at (701) 857-5268. Fees vary depending on the length of service provided. With a provider’s referral, your health insurance will be billed. Please contact your insurance company to find out what your benefits are. Financial arrangements and payment plans are available through Trinity Health Business Services.