Action Alerts

CMS Reimbursement Update

Starting January 1, 2019, CMS is adding RDNs as eligible clinicians to the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP). RDNs who are Medicare providers can begin reporting specific performance measures to CMS with the potential of increasing their payments in 2021. We encourage you and your members to take advantage of these opportunities. Stay tuned for future announcements from the Academy and new educational opportunities from CMS. Please contact TAND’s Reimbursement Chair Andrea Kendrick if you have any questions, Andrea.KendrickRD@gmail.com.


CMS Order Writing Updates

On November 2, 2018, TAND held a webinar hosted by Past President Brian Jones on the latest updates on Order Writing Privileges. Visit the website to view the recording and download the many resources available on this topic.

November 2, 2018 Webinar and Resources

View TAND’s webinar on the latest updates on order writing privileges in Tennessee by clicking here.

Resources:

January 2017 Policy Forum LTC TDO


New Tax on Fitness Centers

You may have recently heard that a 1980’s sales tax on fitness centers is just now starting to be enforced. It’s getting a LOT of local attention. Two Knoxville, TN, representatives in particular intend to challenge the tax on grounds that it discourages activity in an already high chronic disease state. For more information on this tax increase and ways to contact your local legislator, please refer to the following links below.

Daniel and Biggs Press Release: http://tnhousegop.org/representative-martin-daniel-senator-richard-briggs-announce-legislation-to-eliminate-unfair-tax-on-fitness-centers/

WATE Coverage: https://www.wate.com/news/local-news/knoxville-state-lawmakers-take-aim-at-sales-tax-on-fitness-centers/1483006309?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_WATE_6_On_Your_Side

Tax Notice from TN Dept. of Revenue: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/revenue/documents/notices/sales/sales18-09.pdf


Mark Your Calendars for February 26-27, 2019!

The Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND) Annual meeting will take place Tuesday February 26th followed by Hill day on Wednesday February 27th. Stay tuned for future emails with more details about these must attend events!


Therapeutic Diet Orders Update!

Effective October 8, 2018 the state of Tennessee has allowed a path for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to have more autonomy in writing therapeutic diet orders.  The updated rule reads:

“All patient diets, including therapeutic diets, must be ordered by a practitioner, responsible for the care of the patient, or by a qualified dietitian to whom the physician who chairs the hospital’s medical executive committee has referred this task. The medical staff and hospital’s board of trustees shall decide the extent of ordering privileges that a qualified dietitian shall have and a mechanism to ensure that order writing by a qualified dietitian is coordinated with the responsible practitioner’s care of the patient and complies with Tennessee law governing dietitians.”

Please reference the following for the complete rule change and approval: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules_filings/07-07-18.pdf