MNT referral info for providers

Ginger Spice Health, LLC welcomes referrals from healthcare providers throughout the State of Minnesota. We specialize in one-on-one counseling for preventive and nutrition-related medical problems. Many insurance companies would still cover medical nutrition therapy (aka nutrition counseling) as a preventive benefit, even if patient have no medical condition.

About nutrition counseling services coverage by insurances?

Under the Affordable Care Act, nutrition services are now available to all who are at risk for chronic diseases at a 100%. Some policies cover as preventive service, while some as medical nutrition therapy. Due to this, the access to preventive services has increased for the general patient population. ACA requires many insurance plans (so-called 'non-grandfathered' plans) to provide coverage for and eliminate cost-sharing on certain recommended preventive health services when delivered by in-network providers, for policies renewing on or after September 23, 2010.


Preventive care is defined as items or services with an A or B rating by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and includes "healthy diet counseling" and "obesity screening and counseling." The law has provided new opportunities for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to receive reimbursement for their services. 

Why should you refer your patients for nutrition counseling?

We know how much you have on your plate already and with nutrition and lifestyle changes, your treatment outcomes can improve patients’ health dramatically! More on "Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Can Benefit Your Practice".

How can a registered dietitian nutritionist support your practice?

Instead of clients struggling on their own, doing their own research, or following some fad diets, why not empower you’re your clients with an evidence-based nutrition approach? They’ll see the benefits of your help in just sending a referral to us and we’ll take care of the rest and work in collaboration with you.

We’ll do their insurance verification for MNT as a courtesy, nutrition assessment, follow-ups and monitoring, EMR charting in HIPPA compliant platform, easy and convenient telehealth visits, billing, and everything in between, and even send you nutrition progress notes for your medical records. 

How to initiate a referral for nutrition services?

ONE step process (HIPPA compliant): Use your 'Medicare referral form/Informational Referral’' or download ours as below.

1. Fax: 612-712-8264


2. email: 


PLUS we appreciate the following documentation-

  • A filled out the referral form when needed (required for Medicare attached below in 'Important downloads')

  • Demographic data, history & physical, recent progress note or recent visit summary

  • Most current labs and medication list on file (or patient sends from patient portal)

Which insurances would need a signed referral from the provider?

To the best of our knowledge-

  • Medicare/ Medicare advantage plans always requires a doctor’s order.

  • Aetna needs referral + medical diagnosis code(s) from the physician.

  • MN Medicaid - any written note/document 

  • Medica -any prescription for service (aka Dr’s orders)

With other insurances, it's plan specific.

Important downloads:

For Medicare, Medicare Supplement or Medicare Replacement plans-- Click here for a printer-friendly provider handout REFERRAL FORM FOR MEDICARE

For any commercial insurances, if clients need a signed referral (Aetna, PrefeeredOne, Medica, Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare/Optum members)

click here for a printer-friendly provider handout REFERRAL FORM for any commercial insurances

To the best of our knowledge-

One-pager Medicare Summary for providers referring for MNT 

One-Pager MN Medicaid Summary for Provider Referring for MNT

How do my patients get in touch with you?

Email OR Call/Text 612-756-9894 

Click here for our flyer for your patients- to share digitally or print

Do you see multicultural and diverse populations?

Yes. We are culturally competent with 10 years of experience in working with diverse and multicultural populations. Increasing healthcare access to minorities and people of color is today's need of the hour! Educational material would be provided in different languages, whenever possible.

​I look forward to the opportunity to support your patients. Have questions?

Please contact:
Priyanka S., M.Sc, RD, LD
Owner and nutrition consultant

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