Dear Affiliate Leaders,
We understand there have been some inaccuracies surround CMS’ new rule on Therapeutic Diet Orders. In order to rectify the issue, we would ask that you please share the following blurb with your affiliate:
Therapeutic Diet Orders: Who Can Order Diets?
Some articles have misstated that CMS’ new rule on therapeutic diet orders has “leveled the playing field” between RDNs and other nutrition professionals. This is not actually the case. The rule does not define what qualifications are needed to independently order therapeutic diets. Rather the rule leaves it up to the hospital to make that decision (in accordance with state law, which defines the scope of and sets minimum standards for dietetics and nutrition practice).
This remains consistent with what has always taken place – hospitals have always been able to hire RDNs or other nutrition professionals. There was no federal law or regulation that granted RDNs the exclusive ability to provide nutrition services in hospitals. Similarly, CMS’ new rule does not add or eliminate any perceived exclusivity, which the Academy has been aware of since the beginning.
However, hospitals consistently hire RDNs because of their qualifications, education and training. The Academy is confident that as hospitals implement the new regulation and privilege practitioners to order therapeutic diets, they will continue to carefully examine individuals’ credentials and competencies, recognizing the totality of evidence showing that RDNs deliver effective, safe, cost-effective nutrition care.
The Academy will continue to work on behalf of its members. If you have any other questions regarding therapeutic diet orders, please visit our FAQs. Also feel free to email us at Govaffairs@eatright.org.
Jessica Larson MS, RDN
Manager of Strategic Communications
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
1120 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 480
Washington, D.C. 20036