Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Dietitian do?

 

I support and guide my clients in the process of finding balance and stability with their eating patterns and food choices. The goal is always to improve physical health and mental wellbeing.

 

Investing in nutrition counseling provides the opportunity to develop an authentic relationship with food that is both healthy and sustainable. 

 

I often use this famous analogy for nutrition counseling: "Give a man to fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you'll feed him for a lifetime."  Most of us were either not taught how to properly nourish ourselves, or were taught mixed or incorrect messages. I want to teach you how to nourish yourself so that your stress and health problems related to food, body, and weight can melt away.

 

Do you take insurance?

 

In-Network Insurance

 

Do you have Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, or an affliate? 

 

I am currently an in network provider with these two insurance companies. There are a few sub-groups of these networks that I am not in network with. Please call your member services number to verify my in network status with your plan (see details below).

 

Each insurance group/plan within each network has different coverage of Nutrition Counseling (Medical Nutrition Therapy). Please call your member services to verify your plans coverage (see details below). 

 

Please verify your insurance coverage of Medical Nutrition Therapy for prevention or for your specific medical diagnosis. You can start this process by calling your insurance and asking the following questions:

 

1) Is provider with NPI# 1629316021 in my network?

2) Does my plan cover services 97802 & 97803 for prevention (Z71.3) or for (insert your medical condition)?

3) Do I need a referral from my primary care provider?

4) Is telehealth covered?

5) Is there a limit to the number of sessions per year?

6) What is my co-pay for these services?

7) What is the reference number for this call? 

 

If your plan does not cover nutrition counseling services for your diagnosis, you can still receive a discounted/ in network rate for nutrition counseling. Please contact me for in network rate details. 

 

Please schedule an initial assessment with me via phone, email, or online booking if you are still interested in my services once you have discussed and verified coverage with insurance. 

 

Out-of-Network / Insurance Reimbursement

 

Most of my patients pay out-of-pocket for nutrition counseling services and then request reimbursement of their out-of-pocket costs through their insurance company. If your health insurance plan covers out-of-network nutrition counseling, then you may be able to receive reimbursement from insurance. 

 

To request/receive reimbursement from your insurance, you will need to:

1. Verify that your insurance covers out-of-network nutrition counseling visits

2. Submit billing statements aka superbills to your insurance provider 

 

See my how to guide here on how to check if out-of-network nutrition counseling is covered by your insurance under your specific health plan. 

 

I don't live in California, can you still help me?

 

That depends on which state you reside. When appropriate, I love to work with clients that live in other states or countries. Please reach out to me for specifics. 

 

How can I schedule an initial assessment?

 

You can request an appointment online at the link below. Or contact me via email, text, or call. I will respond as soon as I am able.

 

Are you available for in person sessions?

 

**COVID 19 Update: I am currently only offering telehealth sessions.**

 

If we have sessions via video chat, how will you keep track of my weight?

 

My nutrition and health philosophy maintains more focus on eating and behavior patterns rather than weight. However, tracking weight can be an important vital marker in some cases. Whether or not to track weight is something we would decide together. If we decide tracking weight is necessary, then we will also decide the best way to go about it. Some examples include: having weight taken at a MD or therapist office, by a parent, or self weighing as part of a session.  

 

Ready to Schedule?

Contact Me

Phone:

(760) 889-0694

Email:

Christina@ChristinaLynnRD.com

 

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