VIRGINIA NUTRITIONISTS ASSOCIATION

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A professional non-profit corporation registered in Virginia for:

1. Nutritionists with Graduate Degrees and Certification or Licensing.

2.  Patients seeking highly qualified Professional Nutritionists.

3.  Students seeking career guidance or internships.

WHO ARE “PROFESSIONAL NUTRITIONISTS”?

We are clinical professionals with graduate degrees in nutrition from accredited colleges and universities.  This

includes: Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNS), Licensed Nutritionists (LN), and Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionists

(LDN).

WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE?

Professional Nutritionists provide nutritional evaluation and therapy.  Approach will vary by practitioner and

specialty.  But our goal is to identify the underlying causes of health problems, including: dietary, nutritional,

biochemical, metabolic, digestive, inflammatory, and toxic causes.  Evaluations may include: medical and nutritional

history, clinical exam, anthropomorphic measurements, diet analysis,  food allergy evaluation, nutritional

status, and laboratory testing.  Treatments may include: diet therapies, nutrient supplementation (neutraceuticals

and custom compounds), herbs, detoxification, weight management, and life-style counseling and education.

WHAT IS “MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY”?

This is defined by the AMA medical CPT code book as:

“Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is the assessment of nutritional status followed by nutritional therapy.  The

nutrition assessment includes review and analysis of 1) medical, nutrition and medication histories, 2) physical

examination, 3) anthropometric measurements, and 4) laboratory test values.  Nutrition therapy may include 1) diet

modification, 2) counseling and education, 3) disease self-management skills training, and 4) administration of

specialized therapies such as medical foods, intravenous or tube feedings.”  [CPT Codes: 97802, 97803, 97804.]

WHO MAY PRACTICE “MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY”?

Who may practice MNT is defined by Medicare Part B laws and regulations, and includes “Nutrition Professionals”

and “Registered Dietitians”.  [See Licensing for more details.]  Individual state licensing and title laws may limit its

practice.

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