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Nutrition therapy services (medical)

How often is it covered?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers medical nutrition therapy (MNT) services and certain related services. A Registered Dietician or nutrition professional who meets certain requirements can provide these services, which may include:

  • An initial nutrition and lifestyle assessment
  • One-on-one nutritional counseling
  • Follow-up visits to check on your progress in managing your diet

If you're in a rural area, a Registered Dietician or other nutritional professional in a different location may be able to provide MNT to you through telehealth

If you get dialysis in a dialysis facility, Medicare covers MNT as part of your overall dialysis care.

Who's eligible?

People with Part B who meet at least one of these conditions:

  • Have diabetes
  • Have kidney disease
  • Have had a kidney transplant in the last 36 months

People with Part B must get a referral from their doctor or qualified non-doctor practitioner for the service.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for these services if the doctor or other health care professional accepts assignment.


Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

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