Improving Quality of Care and Saving the Nation $459 Million per year
During the past four years of the Academy has been working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to pave the way for RDNs employed in hospitals to write diet orders for patients without requiring the supervision or approval of a physician or another practitioner. CMS expects this rule to improve the efficiency and efficacy of nutrition care and save up to $459 million in annual hospital costs.
The Academy supports this new rule which will provide patients with better health care and help hospitals function more efficiently.
What the rule does:
Among other things, the rule will allow registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to become privileged to independently:
- Order patient diets without requiring the supervision or approval of a physician or other practitioner; and
- Order laboratory tests to monitor the effectiveness of dietary plans and orders. Please note that ordering privileges for laboratory tests are determined by hospitals and their medical staffs in accordance with state law as well as any other requirements and/or incentives that CMS or other insurers might have.
In the near future the Academy will provide members with:
- Suggestions for how to discuss this issue with employers and medical staff.
- Detailed processes and strategies for obtaining privileges.
- Model policies and procedures for privileging RDNs in the hospital setting.
- Analysis of the impact of state licensure laws and regulations on implementation.
Read the final rule by clicking: here.