Students of Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Summer election of board positions 

Greetings TAND Members! My name is Miriam Boutte’ and I am the President of the Students of Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (STAND). I am writing to encourage your students and interns to consider applying for a STAND Board position. This is an opportunity for students to gain a leadership role on a larger scale (199 student members), build their resumes, and network with current and future leaders in the field of dietetics all across the state of Tennessee. 

Due to the pandemic, we have some open officer positions, and we will be holding a special election this summer to fill them. 

A pdf file for the descriptions of those positions is here: STAND_PDF    

In addition to open officer positions, I would like to mention our STAND Program Liaison positions for the coming year (1 per dietetics program). This is a STAND board position, and the STAND Program Liaison position is an additional role for one of your current student Academy Liaisons (each dietetics program has the opportunity to have two Academy Liaisons through the Academy’s application and approval process). The STAND Program Liaison role is to communicate between the STAND leadership team (and indirectly with the TAND board) and all of the STAND members at your dietetics program.  

Please encourage your students and/or interns to apply to become Academy Student Liaisons if you don’t already have these positions with the Academy filled–and once that is done–please encourage your Academy Student Liaisons to apply to be a STAND Program Liaison (1 per program can be on the STAND board). More information about the Academy Student Liaisons can be found here. (You will have to sign into your Academy account to access this page.) 

An overview of STAND can be found in the attached PowerPoint here: STAND Presentation

Students that are interested in applying for any of our open STAND Board positions, may reach out to me at mireclay@ut.utm.edu for more information and to request an application.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns and I look forward to hearing back from you!  

Sincerely,

Miriam Boutte’
2021-2022 STAND President

Chattanooga District Updates

Chattanooga Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are excited about the upcoming year.  Dee Harwell, President welcomed incoming Board Members Amanda Kirkpatrick – President – Elect, Danielle Townsend, Media Chair, and Rachel Howard Treasurer with a dinner at The Boathouse restaurant.    

We are looking for to getting reconnected face to face at our membership kick off Social on Friday August 20 5:00pm at Chattanooga Riverfront pavilion.  Results from our CAND membership survey are hot off the press!  Our members want to more CEU learning opportunities, notifications of job opportunities via our website and members-only Facebook group, continue to have networking opportunities both virtually and in-person, and be informed of current pertinent professional matters from TAND and AND. 

Special thanks to Danielle Townsend, Media Chair for her hard work! 

Check out our CAND website
Like CAND on Facebook
Invite a colleague to be a member of CAND send them this link:https://eatrightchatt.com/cand-membership-form/
Check out recipe similar to Tupelo Honey Mountain Harvest bowl posted on CAND community Facebook page 

Check out CAND Registered Dietitian, Katie Bus working at One to One Health featured in Chattanooga News Free Press

Are you passionate about Advocacy?  Consider joining an Academy Affinity Group!

The Academy is convening affinity groups to connect members with an interest, experience and/or expertise in a specific policy issue area with opportunities to learn more and advocate. Affinity groups are open to all policy leaders and Academy members. Here’s when and how when you can join upcoming affinity group meetings:

  • MNT Affinity Group
    • Next meeting: Tuesday, August 3, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) – Register here
  • Nutrition Security Affinity Group
    • Next meeting: Wednesday, August 4, from 4-5 p.m. (Eastern Time) Register here
    • Read the follow-up from the July meeting here
  • Maternal Child Health Affinity Group
    • Next Meeting: Thursday, August 5 from 1-2 p.m. (Eastern Time)  Register here
  • Licensure Initiatives
    • Next Meeting: Friday, August 20 from 4-5 p.m. (Eastern Time)  Register here
  • Health Equity and Diversity Affinity Group
    • Next Meeting: Friday, August 27 from 2-3 p.m. (Eastern Time)  Register here

For any questions, contact govaffairs@eatright.org.

Additional affinity groups may be added in the future based on interest areas and Academy priorities. To be the first to hear about upcoming affinity groups you may be interested in, complete the Member Policy Interest Survey located on the Academy’s Action Center. For any questions, contact govaffairs@eatright.org.

Update on Medicare MNT Claims for CKD

In ongoing efforts to address claims processing issues and questions for MNT services for patients with CKD, the Academy has spoken to CMS agency staff to confirm proper ICD-10 code use on claims for these services. Contrary to what some members may have heard from various sources, ICD-10 code I12.9 Hypertensive chronic kidney disease with stage 1 through stage 4 chronic kidney disease, or unspecified chronic kidney disease does not need to be entered as the primary diagnosis on the claim or provided at all when N18.XX is used. CMS staff is discussing this clarification with the MACs. A full list of acceptable primary diagnoses for use on Medicare Part B MNT claims can be found at (180.1 MNT): 

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coverage/DeterminationProcess/downloads/CR12027.zip

Act Now for MNT

Even though nutrition plays an important role in preventing and treating chronic diseases, seniors in the United States only have access to MNT for diabetes and renal disease. This ACT will help expand MNT coverage for obesity, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, cancer, malnutrition, CVD and many more. The Academy is calling on its members to keep the momentum going on this important piece of legislation with the launch of the “ACT now for MNT” campaign. The ACT now for MNT campaign aims to raise awareness of the MNT Act and encourage Academy members to get involved — specifically, Academy members are asked to ACT:

  1. Action alert for MNT Act
  2. Contribute $5 to ANDPAC to support the advancement of the MNT Act and other key Academy policy initiatives
  3. Tell five people (friends, colleagues, clients) to “ACT now for MNT” by sharing this public action alert.

If you have completed all three action items above, thank you! Next steps: 1) download your “I ACTed” Facebook cover photo to spread the word on the ACT now for MNT campaign and 2) use the Academy’s ACT now for MNT social media toolkit — available soon — to help spread the word! Grab the easy-to-use images and share them in your communications and on social media platforms.

Get ACTIVE – get up to date on all the Action Alerts!

Action Alerts

Please head to your advocacy action center on your academy page to complete your action alerts. The current action alerts are currently active:

State Legislative Tracking Map

The Academy’s State Legislative Tracking Map is an excellent tool to help you stay on top of legislation that may be relevant to you. Review the list of active legislation each week!

CNR Update 

Tuesday, July 27 Lauren Cromer and Ginger Carney participated in the Academy’s Child Nutrition Advocacy Day by speaking to some federal legislators about the Child Nutrition Reauthorization.  This piece of legislation strengthens important nutrition programs that impact the nutrition status of children of various ages across the country and hasn’t been reauthorized since December 13, 2010 when the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed.  Please visit the Academy’s website to find out more about the background of this reauthorization and the Academy’s recommendations.  

We want to highlight you!  Anytime you are active in nutrition legislation, please let us know!  We love to highlight our members that are doing their part for our profession.  Send an email to the contacts below! 

Public Policy and/or Advocacy Questions: 

Lauren Cromer (elpetr77@yahoo.com) OR Lauren Steele (Lauren.Steele@stjude.org)