October 2018 Newsletter - President's Message
There is a slight morning chill in the air and the pumpkins and mums are coming out; even with the 80 degree weather, there are a few signs of fall. October will be a busy and exciting month for TAND and AND. This month is FNCE in Washington, D.C. where many Tennessee RDNs and dietetics students will be heading to network and learn the most up-to-date research in many different areas of nutrition. TAND will be hosting a reception honoring several of our Tennessee RDNs for their service and awards. All TAND members are invited, but please make sure to RSVP. Also, because FNCE is being held in our nation's capitol, the Academy will be holding the Public Policy Workshop immediately following the final ceremonies of FNCE. We are looking forward to advocating for our profession and the people we serve while there, along with other fellow RDNs from Tennessee who plan to stay. The priority area for this year at PPW is Malnutrition. Our Public Policy Coordinator, Angie Wallick, has been working very hard to organize and prepare for our day on the Hill. If you plan to be at PPW, but have not been in touch with Angie, please contact her as soon as possible at email@example.com.
Do not forget to follow us on Social Media: Facebook (@EatRightTennessee); Twitter (@EatRightTN); Website (www.Eatright-TN.org); Blog (www.eatright-tn.org/blog).
If you haven't already, please make sure to tell your TAND Board of Directors "Thank you!" They have been working hard to meet pillar and organizational goals already this year, and will continue to do so. Their time and service is invaluable to our organization. If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to them or me, as we are here for you!
We are better together!
Emily S. Maddux
New Earlier Dates for Scholarship & Award Applications This Year!
Please check the Scholarship & Awards page to find out when applications are due for TAND awards and student scholarships. With the annual meeting in late February, the deadlines for applications have been moved up. Districts will need to forward the names of their awardees to TAND by October 15th This is only a short time period so everyone should move fast! Please contact Ginger Carney, Education Pillar Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions or more information.
District Awards Deadline
The deadline for District awards is October 15th! Don’t let this date go by without seriously considering nominating a colleague or even yourself for one of the many honors awarded annually. The winners of the district awards will be invited to apply for the TAND awards to represent our state at the Academy level (TAND application deadline is Nov. 30th). Take advantage of this chance for well-deserved recognition of hard work and dedication to our profession! For more information, contact Ginger Carney.
TAND Reception at FNCE
Please join us at the TAND FNCE reception as we honor our TAND members, including Dee Pratt, Medallion Award winner, Hollie Raynor, who received the Excellence in Practice--Dietetic Research Award, Lisa Abbay, serving as the CDR Commissioner and Eileen Myers, serving for the Academy as a Nominating Committee National Leader.
Beverages and Refreshments will be served.
The event will be on October 22nd in the Treasury Room at the Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC.
Join a TAND Group at Tennessee Tuesday
When the Senate is in session, Senator Corker and Senator Alexander hold an informal breakfast on Tuesday mornings for Tennesseans visiting Washington.
Tennessee Tuesday provides a great opportunity to speak with both senators and schedule meetings with their staffs to discuss legislation important to you or your organization. A Senate photographer attends regularly to take photos.
Contact Brian Carroll, email@example.com, if you would like to join a group from TAND on October 23rd or would like more information.
The University of Tennessee at Martin Nutrition Symposium
The University of Tennessee at Martin will hold their annual Nutrition Symposium on March 15, 2019. Contact Brian Carroll, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in attending or presenting on your area of interest. 5.5 CPE's for $25, meal included.
I would like to introduce myself to you as a key part of Tennessee's board and public policy panel. My name is Andrea Kendrick and I am the reimbursement representative (RR) for Tennessee. I have volunteered for this position in order to be a resource for both member education and advocacy efforts around payment for nutrition services.
I am in private practice and I am a provider with several insurance companies in my area. In this role I stay abreast to reimbursement topics related to nutrition services. Members can find me through the Academy’s leadership directory or www.eatright-tn.org.
As a RR, I hope to work closely with you as a member of the public policy team. I will do my best to keep you updated regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and private payer coverage for nutrition services as well as what I learn through the Academy’s reimbursement representative quarterly webinars and in-person pre-FNCE® training. It is critical to the future of our profession for RDNs to stay current and understand how they can bill and maximize payment for their unique skill set.
In addition to member education, another part of my role involves supporting local and national advocacy efforts to expand nutrition coverage policies, and I want to be able to work with the public policy team on any efforts in this area. I will encourage members to track MNT outcomes data through the use of the Academy’s Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII), which is essential for impacting coverage and payment of nutrition related services.
I hope that my unique expertise and perspective can contribute to the work done with Tennessee's leadership in representing members and serving the profession. There are many ways I can add to the team, whether it’s developing website content, speaking at annual meetings, making plans to meet with insurance commissioners, or participating in calls/meetings. We are much stronger together than apart, so I look forward to working with you. I appreciate any opportunities that might arise to prioritize coverage and payment for RDN services.
Student's Corner -
Hello fellow nutrition enthusiasts! My name is Mark and I am currently a junior at Middle Tennessee State, majoring in Nutrition & Food Science, Dietetics. I am excited to have accepted the role of Secretary for the Students of Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (STAND). It will be my responsibility to take notes during STAND meetings and to capture any important topics or decisions that arise from our discussion. Along with ensuring a written record, another goal of mine is to increase visibility and participation in our student group. One way I hope to do this is through assisting with the planning and execution of social events both at my university and in my hometown of Nashville. These get-togethers help to foster what I believe is one of STAND’s greatest benefits to students – getting them direct access to dietetic interns in their area. Be on the lookout for more details in the coming weeks regarding these events as we would love to have you join us!