Marketing Chair Volunteer Needed

As we start the new membership year, TAND is in search of a Marketing Chair. This is a two year position with the Board of Directors who helps with communication and social media efforts for TAND. Please click here to access the the position description. If you are interested in in volunteering, please email Carrie at eatrighttn@gmail.com

 

Diversity Update

As Nutrition and Dietetics Professionals please assist in Taking Action today so that people from all backgrounds can have access to an essential service…

Medical Nutrition Therapy…”the cornerstone” of health promotion, disease prevention and management…

Support Access to Medical Nutrition Therapy

Last week, all Academy members were asked to take action on the recently introduced Medical Nutrition Therapy Act.

Access to MNT is more important than ever now that evidence indicates many diet-related chronic conditions are leading to poor outcomes for COVID-19 patients. Expanded access to MNT is especially important for minority populations that have long faced chronic disease health disparities due to socioeconomic inequalities and reduced access to health care, healthful foods and safe places to be active and are now being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

This bill would provide coverage under Medicare Part B for MNT for:

  • Prediabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Malnutrition
  • Eating disorders
  • Cancer
  • Celiac disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Any disease related to unintentional weight loss

The MNT Act also allows the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to expand coverage for MNT to other disease or condition as determined medically necessary. The bill would authorize nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and psychologists to refer their patients for MNT.

If you have not already done so, take action today and urge Congress to Expand Access to MNT in Medicare.

 

Take Action Today!
 

Scholarships for Student Members

In lieu of our Annual Meeting Silent Auction, our districts stepped up to donate to TAND so we can continue to provide scholarships to our student members. A special thanks to the following districts for their donations to the TAND Scholarship fund: Tri-Cities, Knoxville, Nashville, West Tennessee, and Memphis! TAND, and our students, appreciate your support!

 

Payment Matters – Secure Your Fair Share

Understanding the basics of health care payments and other sources of funding for the services you provide is an asset to every RDN, no matter where you work.

  • Even if you are collecting a salary from your employer, do you know how your position is funded?
  • Do you know how much your employer has the potential to collect in reimbursement for the work you are already doing?

When you understand where the money comes from, you are better positioned to negotiate salaries and secure the future of the profession.  

Topics are presented in eight emails sent over six months. Choose the series that is tailored specifically for you: 

  • I am not currently billing payers
  • Someone else does the billing, but I want to understand
  • I am a student or intern
  • I want to learn more about Alternative Payment Models and Value Based Payments

Your knowledge about the financial value of the services you provide will help you secure your future and the future of the profession.

Register Here
 

Renewing Your Membership

We appreciate your Academy and TAND membership and commitment to the profession as a member during the 2019-20 membership year. While we navigate this unprecedented time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy and TAND remain committed to serving our members.

Now more than ever, you need the cutting-edge practice information and professional resources Academy membership offers at the national level, while also maximizing the benefits of TAND, such as networking, annual conferences, webinars, CEU opportunities, and more!

The Academy recognizes that membership renewal coincides with this challenging time and is offering several options to help with your renewal:

  • The membership renewal deadline has been extended through June 30 online, by phone or by mail.
  • An option to pay dues in two equal installments is now available. The first installment is due by June 30, and a second installment is due by September 15.
  • If financial hardship threatens your ability to maintain Academy membership, you may request an application for a Financial Hardship Dues Reduction.

Renew your membership with the Academy and the TAND online or by calling the Academy Member Service Center toll-free at 800/877-1600, ext. 5000 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Central Time). International callers can reach us at +1-312/899-0040, ext. 5000. For more information on the installment and hardship options, please email membership@eatright.org or call the Academy Member Service Center.

With programs and support at both the local and national level, now is the time to stay connected. Today, tomorrow and beyond, the Academy and TAND are here to amplify your voice, your profession and your career.

 

Updates from the Academy

Webinar Recording Available: Providing Nutrition Services via Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What RDNs Need to Know
Recorded March 26, 2020 – As a hospital-based dietitian, are you being asked to provide remote outpatient counseling? As a private practice dietitian, are clients asking to meet with you from their home? As our nation faces an unprecedented public health emergency, RDNs in both health care facilities and private practice are turning to telehealth as a means for providing medical nutrition therapy and other nutrition-related services to the populations they serve. Whether you are new to delivering care via telehealth or want to learn more about the special guidelines from payers unique to the COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar is for you. Join Academy staff experts who will share information on the latest updates and answer questions.

Available now – click here: https://www.eatrightpro.org/practice/professional-development/distance-learning/free-cpe-for-members

CDR Deadline Extended to July 15
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is extending from May 31 to July 15 the deadline for CDR-credentialed practitioners to complete continuing professional education needed to finish their PDP requirements. CDR is communicating with practitioners affected by this extension.

Learn More: https://www.cdrnet.org/covid19

Changes to Dues Deadline, New Payment Options Announced to Help Support Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In a time when we are faced with more questions than answers, the Academy is listening to government agencies, experts and our members—and adapting and executing business strategies to meet the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Recognizing that the annual renewal cycle coincides with a time of uncertainty, membership renewal has been extended through June 30, 2020. In addition, CDR will be holding off invoicing registration maintenance fee until mid-July.
  • The Academy also has implemented a two-installment payment option, with the first payment due June 30 and the second due by September 15.
  • For individuals experiencing a financial hardship that threatens their ability to maintain Academy membership, an application for a Financial Hardship Dues Reduction is available.

Members may use the two-installment payment plan or request a Financial Hardship Dues Reduction application by calling the Academy Member Service Center by phone 800/877-1600, ext. 5000 (M-F; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Central Time) or by email membership@eatright.org for assistance.

Letter from Academy President
Please click here to access the recent letter from Academy President Linda Farr, RDN, CSOWM, LD, FAND

Renew Your Membership
 

*This content is made possible by the generous support of Renfrew Center

Responding to COVID-19: The Renfrew Center

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Renfrew Center, dedicated to the treatment of adolescent girls and women with eating disorders, remains open. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, their families and our staff.  Renfrew’s residential campuses in Philadelphia, PA and Coconut Creek, FL are closely following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control as well as the Department of Health and are continuing to accept new patients.

Our 17 non-residential facilities, including a local facility in Nashville, have temporarily shifted Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Programming to a virtual platform. This move to virtual services is fully accessible to patients throughout the country from the safety and comfort of their own homes. We have been providing outpatient virtual therapy in each of the states we have locations in for several years, and our staff has been trained and continues to receive education in telehealth best practices.

Renfrew is dedicated to providing the same exemplary treatment services we have been known for over the last 35 years.  For more information or to schedule an assessment, please visit www.renfrewcenter.com or call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739).

*This content is made possible by the generous support of Renfrew Center