Medical nutrition therapy services
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers medical nutrition therapy services if you have diabetes or kidney disease, or you’ve had a kidney transplant in the last 36 months. A doctor must refer you for services.
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay nothing for these preventive services if you qualify to get them.
What it is
Services may include:
- An initial nutrition and lifestyle assessment
- Individual and/or group nutritional therapy services
- Help managing the lifestyle factors that affect your diabetes
- Follow-up visits to check on your progress in managing your diet
Things to know
Only a Registered Dietitian (or nutrition professional who meets certain requirements) can provide medical nutrition therapy services.
If you get dialysis in a dialysis facility, Medicare covers medical nutrition therapy services as part of your overall dialysis care.
If you’re in a rural area, you may be able to get medical nutrition therapy services via telehealth from a Registered Dietitian or other nutritional professional in a different location.
If you have diabetes, you may also qualify for diabetes self-management training.