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  • 21 Jun 2013 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    Bill Introduced to Allow RDNs to Independently Provide Obesity Counseling


    A promising bipartisan bill that increases vital access and reimbursement for obesity screening and counseling services has been introduced in Congress, thanks to the Academy and its partners, including the Obesity Care Continuum who collaborated with key members of Congress.

    The Academy has continued to work to expand registered dietitian nutritionists’ coverage to independently provide intensive behavioral therapy for obesity since November 2011.  At that time, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its decision to cover obesity counseling services, but stipulated that coverage was limited to the primary care setting and registered dietitian nutritionists must bill “indirect” to the physician.   The Academy has continued to take a two pronged approach to expand coverage for MNT, (1) by addressing current regulations; and (2) collaborating with partners to develop new legislation. 

    If passed, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013 would allow registered dietitian nutritionists and other qualified health practitioners to independently provide – and be reimbursed for – intensive behavioral therapy for obesity for Medicare participants, who are 65 years and older. In addition, information about intensive behavioral therapy for obesity would be highlighted and distributed to Medicare recipients and their doctors, ensuring they are aware of the valuable service.

    The Academy plans to execute a comprehensive strategy to move this legislation through Congress. Reaching out to Senators and Representatives, the Academy will take advantage of the opportunity to educate Congress about the importance of nutrition education and counseling.

    The Academy will put in place an effective grassroots effort, asking member leaders in every state to meet with their members of Congress to help gain support for the bill.


    The Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) includes The Obesity Society (TOS), the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy).  The OCC is a group of organizations working together to represent patients, registered dietitian nutritionists, scientists, clinicians, and surgeons to elevate the recognition of both the prevention and treatment of obesity.

  • 17 Jun 2013 8:42 PM | Anonymous

    Hi friends,

    Is anybody going to FNCE in Houston?  I have the chance to go and would love to see you.

    Things are HOT here!!!

  • 06 Jun 2013 4:29 PM | Anonymous

    NJDA Testifies before Assembly Health Committee on Licensure


    This morning, A-2182, the "Dietitian/Nutritionist Licensing Act," was heard before the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.  NJDA Licensure Committee members, Tricia Davidson and Rosemary O'Dea, testified alongside NJDA lobbyist, AJ Sabath, in support of the legislation.  


    NJDA stressed the need for licensure in New Jersey to protect New Jersey consumers from under-qualified, under-trained, and incompetent practitioners.  NJDA also addressed the need for more than just title protection under the law.  Instead, a scope of practice is necessary in order to ensure that only those with years of study, internship, and residency in the science of nutrition are permitted to call themselves a dietitian or nutritionist.


    The Association of New Jersey Chiropractors supported the bill in committee.  The bill was opposed by members of the Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNS) and the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, who voiced concern regarding their ability to practice in New Jersey if this legislation becomes law. 


    The Assembly Health Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Herb Conaway-- who is also the bill's prime sponsor, asked multiple follow up questions regarding this legislation.  Many of these questions included clarification on CNS qualifications for licensure under the current bill.


    The bill passed 9-1-1.  Assemblywoman Handlin abstained and Assemblyman Peterson voted against the bill.  The bill now awaits further consideration by the full Assembly.

    Click here for a press release regarding the bill and today's hearing from the Office of the Assembly Democrats. 

    Click here to listen to today's hearing.  Click "Listen" next to the "Thursday, June 6" hearing.  Testimony on A-2182 begins at 42:36. 

  • 11 Apr 2013 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    Wondering if any of your facilities has the kitchen staff thicken the coffee and tea or have the CNA's do it on the units.

    Please let me know


    Sr. Pat Finnerty, RD

  • 11 Apr 2013 8:03 AM | Paula Hopkins
    Does anyone use a commercial fortified soup?Looking to try one that tastes good!
  • 08 Apr 2013 12:29 PM | Anonymous

    Ocean Health Care has a full time Registered Dietitian position opened at Aspen Hills in Burlington.

           The Registered Dietitian plans and delivers nutritional care to the patients.                                    Conducts and implements comprehensive nutritional assessments for patients
           Assesses, plans, writes and evaluates patient diets.
           Instructs and counsels patients on dietary restrictions/recommendations.
           Participates in multidisciplinary teams providing input regarding treatment plans and writing care       plans.
           Monitors, records and communicates as appropriate utilizing computerized documentation      systems.
           Utilizes knowledge of age specific needs of patient in performance of duties and responsibilities.

             At least three years clinical dietetics experience in LTC .
    Bachelors Degree in Dietetics or Nutrition required.
           Must be a Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
           Previous experience in Long term Care preferred.
           Critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment.                                                                                                         Must have computer skills, to be able to work on Microsoft office.

             Have excellent customer service skills.

             Excellent benefit and vacation package included.

             If interested, forward resumes to:-

  • 08 Apr 2013 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    DIETITIAN (Registered) Part Time:

    Ocean Health Care has a facility located in Vauxhall NJ, is seeking a part time Registered or Registration eligible Dietitian to join our clinical team.  

    Position requires a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (passed the registration examination for dietitians or eligible to sit for the exam [must take and successfully pass the exam within one year of eligibility]). Must be able to perform the job duties independently and be a team player. Flexible hours.

    If interested, please contact

  • 06 Apr 2013 6:33 AM | Anonymous
    Pavilions at Forrestal, 5000 Windrows Dr. Pinceton,  conveniently located behind Princeton Forrestal Village, has an available position.   Contact Mark Sorrento, Administrator, at 609-987-1221 for additional information and to schedule an interview. 
  • 24 Jan 2013 9:57 AM | Mary Piciocco (Administrator)
    I am so glad that I went to the seminar. The information was thorough, timely and I especially liked the fact that additional resources were provided so I can look up additional information for the topics presented! Once again, well done DHCC-NJ
  • 03 Jul 2012 11:39 PM | Anonymous

    Call out to our members for a RD that works with teens to address a possible eating disorder for a friend's daughter.(mother is the speech tx. in my nursing home) I would like to help her but have no experience to feel comfortable to counsel her.Monmouth County Area.Thank you,


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