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Advocating for Expanded Access to Medical Nutrition Therapy in Medicare

Published:April 13, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2021.02.024
      The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has long recognized the need for quality health care for older adults and the role that registered dietitian nutritionists play in disease prevention and management in this population. Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) can help not only improve health outcomes and lower health care costs, but also promote quality of life.
      • Bernstein M.
      • Munoz N.
      Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
      Position of the American Dietetic Association: Food and nutrition for older adults: Promoting health and wellness.
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      Administration for Community Living. 2018 profile of older Americans. US Department of Health and Human Services.
      Access to MNT in Medicare is particularly important for individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups who have historically faced disparities in chronic disease rates due to socioeconomic inequalities and reduced access to health care, healthy foods, and safe places to be active. With its vast reach as the primary health care payor for older adults and those with severe disabilities, Medicare has important roles to play in addressing prior inequities in access to care and improving or sustaining the health and well-being.
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      Biography

      H. Martin is a director, Legislative and Government Affairs, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Washington, DC.

      Biography

      S. Kushner is an intern, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Washington, DC.

      Biography

      K. Iles is the vice chair, Legislative and Public Policy Committee, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Washington, DC.

      Biography

      H. Montgomery is an intern, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Washington, DC.