If you’re a nutrition professional, no doubt at some point or another in your career, private practice has crossed your mind. If it’s your dream job, there are all too many reasons nowadays not to hold back! Private practice may seem daunting, but it’s certainly nothing to fear. It’s a chance to be your own boss, own your own business, and launch the career you want with the exact clientele you want to work with. Today, we’re discussing why there’s been no better time to take the leap and start your own nutrition private practice.
As of July 7th, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed, among many new programs, one specific initiative to prevent diabetes. With the rapid increase in the number of Americans affected by diabetes each year, the CMS is looking to combat this statistic with (lucky for us) “coaching, lifestyle intervention, and moderate physical activity, all with the goal of preventing the onset of diabetes in individuals who are prediabetic” (Dickson). The program could roll out nationally as early as 2018 and has already been piloted in 8 states since 2013. The CMS’s study found that participants who attended at least 4 coaching sessions reduced their body weight by 4%! It’s estimated to save Medicare $2,650 per participant.
With that said, more and more insurance companies are being swayed by the CMS’s new initiative to provide coverage for nutritional coaching and are expanding coverage. This movement will only encourage more and more individuals across the country to start seeing out nutrition professionals to get the help they’re looking for.
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If this isn’t enough to sway you, nutrition tech is better than ever. Nowadays, you can open up a private practice from your living room with the rapid developments in telehealth. Telehealth means no office space required, less cancelations, and clients from everywhere across the country.
For those new to telehealth, telehealth encompasses any digital communication between a patient and practitioner, and most commonly (and particularly for nutrition practitioners) it means providing client care virtually and remotely, as opposed to face-to-face in person.
Telehealth is convenient for clients, there’s no need for you or your client to travel to meet. You can meet at any time and you might even be more flexible when you have the chance to cut out the commuting time. It’s cost effective because you don’t need to have office space to be in practice. Telehealth platforms (like Healthie!) have even provided fully HIPAA-compliant venues for practice. It may even actually bring you closer to your clients. With technology, it’s easier to communicate. Your client can talk to you between formal sessions. It’ll allow you to build a closer and long-lasting relationship.
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While some nutrition practitioners are happy to start a completely digital practice, it’s not always for everyone. A number of private practice dietitians actually have turned to using a combination of both telehealth and in-person practice to get the best of both worlds.
Lucky for you, not only is it a better time than ever to start your own private practice, we at Healthie are happy to walk you through it step by step. Schedule a demo to see what Healthie has to offer, or click below to start your 14 day FREE trial!