FAQ & Insurance

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions & Insurance Information

We are so happy you are considering nourishED. Our team of Registered Dietitians are knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate. Here are some answers to questions you may have as well as information about health insurance. 

If you don’t see the answer to your questions here, please give us a call or email. 

FAQ

Contact us by calling or scheduling online with one of our dietitians – we offer in-office or virtual appointments.

Our first session will be spent assessing your relationship with food, talking about what a typical day of eating is like for you, and reviewing your medical history and current concerns. Your dietitian will explain what working together will look like in terms of mutual goals for treatment based on the assessment, frequency of visits, and answer any questions you have about the process. 

You are in the right place. Our dietitians specialize in treating eating disorders through a collaborative approach, and will help you to establish an outpatient treatment team including a physician, psychologist, and/or psychiatrist. Eating disorders are mental health disorders with nutrition and health consequences, and thus require a multidisciplinary treatment team.

IE is a non-diet approach to nutrition and wellness that allows you to heal your relationship with food and make food decisions based on your physical and emotional needs. We are all born intuitive eaters, just look at children – they eat based on their hunger and fullness cues. But as we grow up, the diet-obsessed culture we live in takes away our trust in our own bodies and ability to regulate our own eating. IE framework helps you to stop dieting and find food freedom. Click here to learn more about Intuitive Eating.

IE is a long term goal in eating disorder recovery. However, if someone is engaging in harmful behaviors (restricting, purging, over exercising, abusing laxatives/drugs) – they are NOT attuned to their body’s physical sensations, and they are likely NOT nourished enough mentally to be able to work on some of these complex topics. If malnutrition is present (which is likely in most eating disorders) this needs to be addressed and corrected before IE work can begin. It is common to take months to years before someone with an eating disorder is able to practice IE.

Our dietitians do not prescribe weight-loss diets. While we can understand and respect that weight loss may be one of your goals, it is not going to be the focus of our work together. Unfortunately, no one has a crystal ball to know what a person’s body will look like when they make peace with food and exercise. You may lose weight, stay the same weight, or gain weight. In our culture, we are programmed to believe that weight gain is the worst possible scenario in our lives, but is that true? The primary focus of our work is changing your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors around food first rather than using the scale as a marker of progress.

Aside from traditional nutrition counseling, our dietitians offer Kitchen Confidence cooking support in our beautiful teaching kitchens. Do you need basic cooking guidance (i.e. learning tips for chopping an onion, how to cook meat thoroughly)? Do you need support with flexibility, variety, and trying new recipes? Do you need tips for saving time, money and energy in the kitchen by meal prepping? Your dietitian can create a plan tailored to your specific needs

Submitting all the requested information prior to your appointment gives you a running start toward meeting your goals!  Your dietitian will review all of your information before you get there and this makes your first visit far more beneficial. Not having to take the time to fill out forms on your first meeting gives that meeting much more value. 

Your dietitian will work with you to develop an individualized plan with meal ideas, timing, etc. that is customized to your needs. It will be based upon your food preferences, lifestyle, and goals, and be healthy, balanced and sustainable. At Nourish, we do not use any pre-set meal plans because we know that each individual has different needs and preferences. 

Nourish Family Nutrition is in network with many plans and most of our clients use their health insurance benefits to pay for nutrition counseling. Please see our Insurance section for more information.

Please call our office for our out of pocket rates for patients without coverage. We can also supply a paid invoice for you to submit an out of network claim or to your Health Savings Account for reimbursement. We accept credit cards, HSA cards, cash and checks.

Because many patients wait several weeks for an appointment we must strictly adhere to a 48 hour cancellation/late change policy. This policy states that you must call, text, or email at least 2 days ahead if you need to make any changes to your appointment. Failing to respect this policy will incur a $75 fee. We appreciate your understanding as all patients who wish to be seen sooner benefit from this. 

We keep credit cards on file for every patient mainly to encourage patients to promptly communicate with us when they need to alter their appointment time. Happily, we very rarely need to charge the card on file.  If any payment is due for your visit after a claim has been submitted, we will email you to ask if we may charge that card. 

The short answer is that all Registered Dietitians (RD or RDN) are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Virtually anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, which makes it really tough to differentiate those with extensive nutrition education (i.e. CN or CNS) from those who took a weekend class or read a book.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN) is a nationally recognized credential and offers some guarantees. You know the individual has fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science, completed a 1200+ hour supervised practice program and passed a national registration examination — in addition to maintaining extensive continuing education requirements for re-licensure. In Maryland, RDNs are also required to obtain state licensure (LDN) to practice. 

Other practitioners who may claim to be nutritionists such health coaches, holistic nutritionists, nutrition therapy practitioners, personal trainers with “certifications” in nutrition, etc. may have little to no formal training in nutrition and their services are not eligible for insurance reimbursement anywhere in the US because they are not recognized as being nutrition experts.

All of our dietitians offer appointments via teleconference from wherever you are! 

Insurance Information

We accept many health insurance plans in both Maryland and Georgia. Coverage varies greatly between plans and between states. Please scroll down for help determining what your plan covers. If insurance declines to cover your visit(s) for any reason, you are responsible for payment.

We have listed some information below regarding insurance coverage for nutrition therapy based upon our knowledge and/or experience to date with the companies. Please understand that we absolutely cannot know the details of each plan and that the information below is not a guarantee of coverage. We do not regularly check benefits for clients so it is your responsibility to know what your plan covers and what your portion of the cost is. After looking at the following information, if you would like to call your insurance company to verify benefits, we have a worksheet of what to ask.

Start by choosing the location of the office where you will be having your appointment:

Maryland Insurance Information

CareFirst HMO, PPO, BlueChoice

  • A doctor’s referral is typically not required.
  • A medical diagnosis is not typically required as nutrition is covered as a preventive service.
  • CareFirst plans typically cover unlimited visits.

Federal BCBS (FEP)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Federal Employee Program (FEP) covers 6 nutrition visits annually
  • No diagnosis or referral required

CareFirst Administrators

  • Nutrition counseling is generally NOT covered by CareFirst Administrators, although this may vary by employer. Nutrition counseling is NEVER covered at Nourish for employees of UMMHS. 

Out of State BCBS Plans (Anthem, BCBS of Illinois, etc.)

  • We can accept any out-of-state BCBS plan but coverage varies greatly and we cannot guarantee coverage or if a diagnosis is required.
  • A doctor’s referral is typically not required.
  • A medical diagnosis is not typically required.
  • Most plans typically cover unlimited visits.
  • Co-payments and deductibles generally must be met.
  • Aetna Better Health of Maryland is a managed Medicaid insurance and we are unable to accept this
  • A doctor’s referral is typically not required.
  • A medical diagnosis is not typically required as nutrition is covered as a preventive service.
  • Cigna plans typically cover unlimited visits.
  • Coverage varies greatly between individual policies
  • Some policies require a medical diagnosis for coverage or a referral from your physician, some do not.
  • Deductibles and co-payments generally must be met
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is a managed Medicaid insurance and we are unable to accept this.
  • Nutrition therapy is ONLY covered with a diagnosis of diabetes or pre-dialysis kidney disease. Medicare does not cover pre-diabetes or any other diagnoses, even with a referral from your doctor.
  • Medicare limits the amount of nutrition therapy to 3 hours for the first calendar year you received nutrition therapy, whether nutrition therapy was provided by us or another dietitian or institution. Medicare limits the amount of nutrition therapy to 2 hours for the second calendar year.
  • A doctor’s referral is always required. Have your doctor fax it to us at (443) 873-0249. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure the referral has been received prior to any scheduled appointments.

We do not accept Medicaid or any managed Medicaid plans including:

  • Amerigroup
  • Priority Partners
  • Aetna Better Health
  • United Community Plan
  • Jai Medical Systems
  • UMMS Health Partners

We do not accept Kaiser insurance.

We do not accept Tricare insurance

Georgia Insurance Information

Anthem BCBS

  • A doctor’s referral is typically not required.
  • A medical diagnosis is not typically required as nutrition is covered as a preventive service.
  • Anthem plans typically cover unlimited visits.

Federal BCBS (FEP)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Federal Employee Program (FEP) covers 6 nutrition visits annually
  • No diagnosis or referral required

Out of State BCBS Plans 

  • We can accept any out-of-state BCBS plan but coverage varies greatly and we cannot guarantee coverage or if a diagnosis is required.
  • A doctor’s referral is typically not required.
  • A medical diagnosis is not typically required.
  • Most plans typically cover unlimited visits.
  • Co-payments and deductibles generally must be met.

We are not currently able to accept Cigna in Georgia.

  • Coverage varies greatly between individual policies
  • Some policies require a medical diagnosis for coverage or a referral from your physician, some do not.
  • Deductibles and co-payments generally must be met
  • Nutrition therapy is ONLY covered with a diagnosis of diabetes or pre-dialysis kidney disease. Medicare does not cover pre-diabetes or any other diagnoses, even with a referral from your doctor.
  • Medicare limits the amount of nutrition therapy to 3 hours for the first calendar year you received nutrition therapy, whether nutrition therapy was provided by us or another dietitian or institution. Medicare limits the amount of nutrition therapy to 2 hours for the second calendar year.
  • A doctor’s referral is always required. Have your doctor fax it to us at (443) 873-0249. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure the referral has been received prior to any scheduled appointments.

We do not accept Medicaid or any managed Medicaid plans including:

  • Amerigroup
  • CareSource
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • WellCare

We do not accept Kaiser insurance.

We do not accept Tricare insurance

Insurance Verification Worksheet

If your insurance company is found in the above list, this means we are participating with your plan. 

We are happy to submit the claims for your visits; however you should be aware that benefits for nutritional counseling can vary greatly among individuals. Not all policies contain benefits for nutritional counseling. 

Here you will find a worksheet that will help you navigate the insurance verification process.

When calling your insurance company be sure to tell them that you are seeing an in-network registered dietitian. 
Our NPI (national provider identification)  number is 1124495957.

  1. Do my benefits include nutritional counseling?_________
  2. If yes, am I covered under both my preventive and medical services? Preventive ____.  Medical____
  3. Are there any exclusions or limitations (such as limit to number of visits)? ______
  4. Are my visits subject to a deductible? If yes, has my deductible been met for the year?______
  5. Am I responsible for any copay or coinsurance for the visit?____________

Scheduling

Interested in setting up an appointment? We offer daytime and evening hours in multiple locations and online.