Medicare Ruling Levels Playing Field Among Nutrition Professionals and Registered Dietitians in Hospitals

A landmark federal ruling that all qualified nutrition professionals—not just Registered Dietitians—may order therapeutic diets in hospitals, has leveled the playing field between nutrition professionals and Registered Dietitians. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) ruled that: “all patient diets, including therapeutic diets, must be ordered by a practitioner responsible for the care of the patient, or by a qualified dietitian or qualified nutrition professional as authorized by the medical staff and in accordance with State law.” The ruling adopts the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists’ (BCNS) formal recommendation to CMS that qualified nutrition professionals obtain any privileges granted to Registered Dietitians.

Registered Dietitians Being Told that GMOs Are Safe and Gluten Intolerance Is a Fad

Picture yourself at a continuing education conference for professionals. In the morning, you grab a Hershey’s chocolate milk and head to a panel—sponsored by the Wheat Council—on how gluten intolerance is just a “fad.” After a lunch provided by McDonalds, you listen in on a discussion (hosted by the Big Food front group International Food Information Council) about how GMOs are perfectly safe and environmentally friendly. Was this a continuing ed conference for Big Food propagandists? Nope—Registered Dieticians at the annual conference of the California Dietetic Association.

Stop junk food giants from taking over nutrition programs

This petition was created because The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which represents Registered Dietitians, has been hijacked by junk food companies, including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Hershey’s, and more. This is bad news for the American public, which is facing a public health crisis of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and obesity.

Dietetic Association and State Health Board Seek to Restrict Free Speech on Nutrition

Non-Registered Dietitian (RD) nutrition professionals are being targeted by certain states’ RD monopoly laws, despite the fact that many of them have advanced degrees and a tremendous number of clinical hours to their credit. The goal of this attack is to pass “scope-of-practice” laws in each state whereby only RDs can legally offer nutrition services. These monopoly laws restrict a competitive and open market for nutrition professionals, where consumers and employers (including hospitals) are able to decide what credentials, education, and experience they want in a nutrition provider.

Dietitians for Professional Integrity Expose Corporate Sponsorship of Nutrition Group by Processed Food Industry

If you are a professional Registered Dietitian and oppose the corporate processed food companies sponsorship of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), there is a group on Facebook you can join: Dietitians for Professional Integrity. The Facebook group is very active, exposing front groups and corporate sponsors that influence the AND, promoting junk food as nutritious. The AND and other policy groups influence nutrition advice in schools and hospitals across our the U.S., so it is important to understand how these groups have been taken over by companies that market processed foods, such as Coke, Pepsi, McDonald's, and others who want their products labeled as "nutritious."

Registered Dietitians Want Monopoly on Patient Diet and Nutrition Services

Rather than open the door to competent, graduate level nutrition experts in prescribing therapeutic diets for those in the hospital, this rule proposes an anti-competitive niche for dietitians to assume that role.

Illinois Defeats Registered Dietician-Only Licensure Bill

Are America’s nutrition professionals in the pocket of Big Food? Story here.
Health Impact News Editor Comments:
In January of 2012, the North Carolina Board of Dietitians took action against a blogger who was advocating a diet philosophy contrary to theirs, in what might go down in history as the beginning of the demise of the Academy […]