Beginning this January several parts of the Health Care Reform bill became active. The part that I’m most interested in is the preventive services that insurance companies are now required to cover. In addition to all sorts of screening and immunizations, dietary counseling for chronic disease prevention and obesity have been included in the approved preventive services.
US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations
Very exciting! And very daunting. Over the past few weeks I have embarked on a long and cumbersome journey to become better educated on what this means for my role as a dietitian, how to bill these services correctly so the insurance company will reimburse me, and how can I best serve my clients with this new information.
Here is what I’ve found out:
A. Most customer service reps with the insurance companies have no idea what I’m asking for and I end up providing education and web links for their reference.
B. Yes, it is suppossed to be covered, however private insurance companies haven’t figured out if they will or what will be covered.
C. In some cases, using the “right code” will ensure coverage. (They wouldn’t tell me what the “right code” is though.)