MNT ACT News UPDATE: The Medical Nutrition Therapy Act – Call to Action!

January 9th, 2022

The Medical Nutrition Therapy Act (H.R.3108/S.1536) was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in May 2021. At present, only MNT for diabetes and renal disease are reimbursed by Medicare, and only physicians can refer patients for outpatient MNT services. If passed, this bill would expand Medicare Part B coverage of conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, obesity and other conditions based upon medical necessity. It would also allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and psychologists to refer patients.

How will this help Massachusetts seniors?4-9

Latest estimates from 2019 and 2020 show that:

  • 1,349,512 adults were enrolled in Medicare/Medicare Advantage programs
  • 507,000 (9.3%) of adults had diagnosed diabetes
  • 144,000 adults had diabetes but were unaware
  • 1,743,000 adults (31.8%) had prediabetes
  • 25.2% of the adult population had obesity and 29.3% of those 65+ years
  • 28.1% of the adult population had hypertension and 56.1% of those 65+ years

What MAND is doing to increase access to MNT?

MAND’s Public Policy Panel has been holding virtual meetings with our members of Congress to educate them on this evidence-based and cost-effective component of medical treatment for obesity, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions. We are emphasizing that a key component of chronic disease in the U.S. is low access to preventative health care services and resultant health inequities that in many communities, especially those of color, are contributing to poor COVID-19 outcomes.10-16

Other important facts

MNT services are sadly underutilized due lack of awareness of the coverage and benefits of MNT, the need for a physician referral, the difficulty in locating an RDN and restrictive pre-COVID telehealth requirements.

Won’t you join us in asking our members of Congress to support this federal legislation so important to the health of millions of U.S. seniors? If you have not yet done so, please take action by completing the Academy’s action alert: https://www.eatrightpro.org/advocacy/take-action/action-center

Please email Sarah Conca at sconca@live.com with any questions.

Sarah Conca, MPA, RDN, LDN is MAND’s Director of Public Policy. Sarah has worked supporting the education, engagement and advocacy work of MAND’s Public Policy Panel and Board of Directors for ten years.

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Try This Jerk Tofu for a Delicious Plant-Based Meal!

January 6th, 2022

By: Sue-Ellen https://www.360girlsandwomen.com/about 360 Girls & Women Jerk Tofu Interested in trying tofu but not sure where to start? Or simply looking to switch up your meals? Give this flavor packed recipe a try! Tofu is quite versatile in that it takes on whatever flavor you season it with. Similar to chicken, it doesn’t have […]

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50 Year Member Spotlight!

December 2nd, 2021

By: Cynthia Taft Bayerl, MS RD LDN FAND We are thrilled to highlight Cynthia, one of our 50+ year members, this month as she shares with us lessons learned over the years, advice, memories and more! Best piece of advice: Get involved in community, state, and national nutrition, wellness and public policy initiatives not only […]

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Looking and Feeling Your Best Begins with Healthy Habits!

October 13th, 2021

The value of eating well, daily physical activity, and getting adequate sleep can’t be understated as ways to help achieve health and well-being. Your hair, skin, eyes, heart, joints, and muscles will thank you for choosing nutritious food, moving your body, and consuming enough healthy liquids to stay hydrated. Eat Better Do you eat a […]

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Today @ MAND: Easy Overnight Oats

September 16th, 2021

Overnight oats can be a delicious, quick, and healthy on the go breakfast option. If you’ve been following this trend but aren’t sure of how to get started check out this recipe from one of our very own members, Bree Orchard. Pro tip: They only need to be refrigerated for 2-3 hours; overnight isn’t always […]

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Today @ MAND: September is Hunger Action Month!

September 8th, 2021

September is “Hunger Action Month” from GBFB and Feeding America. We need your help throughout the month of September to help us raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our community.  During the month of September, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) and the Feeding America network will raise awareness about hunger and we’re […]

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Today @ MAND: Get Pickin’ at Nourse Farm! Veggie-Based Food Truck, CSA, and More!

August 6th, 2021

It doesn’t get more fresh and farm to mouth literally than at Nourse farm! One of CMDA’s long-time Board member, Catherine Nourse, RD, is the founder of Nourse farm’s Veg Out Food Truck! Head over to fill up on delicious bean burgers, hummus wraps, and more, with ingredients straight from the farm. This year marks […]

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Today @ MAND- The Gut-Brain Connection: CBD, Probiotics, and More!

July 26th, 2021

Never judge a book by its cover – a phrase that nearly everyone has heard countless times in their lives which has been widely understood to mean not to assess judgement on appearance alone. This metaphor can also be true for ones body. Health is more than what is seen on the outside. It is […]

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Today @ MAND – Farewell MAND 2021

July 2nd, 2021

To the MAND community and beyond, It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as your President for the 2020-2021 year. When asked a few years ago if I would be interested in running for President, I had not anticipated managing an organization of over 2,000 dietitians and diet technicians in the midst of […]

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Today @ MAND – Summer Fun 2021

June 29th, 2021

June is coming to an end and this means change in MAND leadership and summer events and announcements. We want to acknowledge all the hard work of all the MAND executive team this past year and look forward to sharing some farewell messages, welcomes, and highlights of all the events this summer. Also, June is […]

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

We are VERY excited that ANCE will be in person this year. Please join us on Friday, March 31st at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood for what is sure to be a great day. 

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