For Referring Providers,

Thank you for your interest in referring patients to Be Well with Beth for nutrition and fitness assessment and counseling!  I appreciate and value your referral. I will provide the most current, evidence based care to your patients and keep you informed with their progress. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call (267) 281-3363 or email Beth@BeWellwithBethPHL.com.

How to Refer a Patient:

Fax:  866-277-0164. Be sure to include the nutrition related ICD-10 diagnostic code related to the reason for referral. If you are unsure, you can always use the preventative code Z71.3 Dietary Surveillance and Counseling. For your convenience you can print my Medical Nutrition Therapy Referral Form, however this is not required. Once I receive your fax, I will contact the patient to schedule and notify you of the scheduled appointment. If available, please send us the patient’s most recent progress note, pertinent labs, H&P, and other supporting documentation of diagnosis.

Email:  You can send me PHI in an encrypted message at Beth@BeWellwithBethPHL.com. Please be aware that you are responsible for the encryption of the e-mail as it leaves your outbox.  

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FAQs

 

What are Beth's credentials?

MS RDN CSOWM WFS. I am a registered dietitian nutritionist, board certified specialist in obesity and weight management and women’s fitness specialist. I have a master of science in nutrition and a bachelor of arts in psychology. I completed my dietetic internship at Lahey hospital, a Tufts teaching hospital north of Boston. I have over ten years of experience practicing as a dietitian and personal trainer.

 

Do you take insurance?

Yes. I am in network with:

  • Aetna

  • Cigna

  • United Healthcare

  • Independence Blue Cross

  • Highmark

  • Medicare

I participate in the Blue Card plan which is a national program that enables members of one Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Plan to obtain health care services while traveling or living in another BCBS Plan's service area.

 

What is covered by insurance?

Insurance covers Medical Nutrition Therapy in a dietitian’s office. Depending on the payor, in-home visits or telehealth are sometimes also covered. Coverage varies by plan but many patients are now eligible for between 3 and 26 counseling sessions per year. Most plans accept a generic diagnosis code z71.3.

Medical nutrition therapy involves the assessment of an individual’s overall nutrition status followed by an individualized course of treatment to prevent or treat medical illness. Nutrition counseling considers many factors including a person’s intake, physical activity, and any medical therapy including medications or other treatments, and individual preferences. In office face-to-face counseling between a dietitian and your patient. Depending on the payor, in-home visits or telehealth are sometimes also covered.

What happens at a nutrition session?

All new patients begin with a 60 minute nutrition assessment to review their health and nutrition history and set goals for the future. As a registered dietitian, my goal is to help people create healthy food habits and feel confident in their eating choices. Since treatment is highly individualized, the goals will depend on the client.

Follow up appointments are scheduled based on the amount of support your patient needs related to how much change they are trying to make, how quickly they are trying to change, and how much support they need to maintain this change.   Follow up appointments are typically 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length. Frequency will also depend on the level of support they need and varies from weekly, biweekly, monthly, or simply as needed.

Is exercise counseling covered by insurance?

The Academy of Nutrition and dietetics states that the scope of practice of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist includes the ability to: “Provide nutrition counseling; nutrition behavioral therapy; lactation counseling; health coaching; and nutrition, physical activity, exercise counseling, and health education as components of preventative, therapeutic, and restorative health care”.

I may provide exercise counseling as part of your patient’s nutrition consultation, however; any exercise instruction will be provided and paid for separately from a nutrition counseling session and will fall under the scope of practice of my personal training experience and NASM women’s fitness specialty.

How can Beth help my patient with exercise?

I can provide exercise counseling for your patient during a traditional medical nutrition therapy session.

If your patient would like more hands on assistance with exercise, I offer a personable approach to personal training and can speak with your patient directly to set up a training package. I also offer some group exercise classes. Please direct your patient to my website www.bewellwithbethphl.com to learn more.

What is a CSOWM?

A Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM) is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and expertise in obesity and weight management.  A CSOWM professional educates, supports, and empowers patients/clients to understand and manage their weight and risks associated with being overweight or obese through nutritional, physical, psychological, behavioral, medical and/or surgical interventions.

CSOWM is an interdisciplinary credential obtained through the commission on dietetic registration.

 

Resources for you and your patients:

10 Reasons to See a Dietitian

Should you see a dietitian?

Effectiveness of Medical Nutrition Therapy

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 Talk to Beth: Call or text (267) 281-3363