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Telehealth Basics for Nutrition Professionals

Telehealth Basics for Nutrition Professionals

Learn the basics of licensure laws and telehealth regulations for nutrition professionals. Find more telehealth resources at Healthie.
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Are you considering counseling clients virtually? 👏

The age of technology has transformed almost every aspect of modern life, and how we give and receive healthcare is no different. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a dramatic demand and rise in virtual health services. 

Initially, we’ve seen telehealth used broadly by primary care physicians, dermatologists, radiologists, and psychiatrists, but is now rapidly expanding throughout healthcare to include registered dietitians and other wellness professionals. As the industry evolves, there is a demand for technology to meet the specific needs of private practice dietitians providing telehealth nutrition services.

In this guide, we’re sharing the basics surrounding telehealth regulations. Learn how to adhere to State licensure laws and statutes surrounding telehealth when delivering virtual nutrition services.

Table of Contents:

👉 Defining “Telehealth” and “Telenutrition”

👉 The benefits of providing telehealth services

👉 Knowing state licensure laws and terminology

👉 Providing telehealth nutrition services across state lines

👉 Confirming liability insurance includes telehealth coverage

👉 Choosing a HIPAA-compliant method of client communication 

👉 Using a billing platform to collect payments online 

👉 Important private practice forms: Telehealth Consent Policy Form

In a hurry? Here is a quick breakdown of telehealth regulations for dietitians and nutrition professionals.

  1. Telehealth regulations vary by each state and there is no “one” policy to adhere to, and regulations are tied to licensure laws for nutrition professionals.
  2. When you counsel a client virtually, you must adhere to telehealth regulations and licensure laws in the state where your client resides.
  3. These regulations help control who is providing medical nutrition therapy across state lines.
  4. If your client’s state has strict licensure laws for dietitians, and you are not licensed in that state, then it may not be advisable for you to provide them with medical nutrition therapy services via telehealth.
  5. There are, however, exceptions to these regulations, including what type of nutrition and health services can be provided more generally.
  6. Dietitians can obtain licensure in multiple states. The requirements vary by each state, as well as the filing fee and terms. It may still be a good investment if you primarily see clients virtually and want to expand your client-base.

Ready to learn more? Download this comprehensive guide today and learn how to offer telehealth services that comply with state and federal regulations 👇

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