Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) can help you better manage certain conditions through dietary counseling and changes to your eating habits.

Eligibility

Medicare Part B covers MNT services if you get a referral from your primary care provider (PCP), see a registered dietician or other qualified nutrition specialist, and have one of the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Or, have had a kidney transplant in the past three years

Original Medicare generally covers three hours of MNT for the first year and two hours every subsequent year. You can receive more hours if your doctor says you need them. Talk to your doctor if you think you qualify for this service.

Costs

If you qualify, Original Medicare covers MNT at 100% of the Medicare-approved amount when you receive services from a participating provider. This means you pay nothing (no deductible or coinsurance). Medicare Advantage Plans are required to cover medical nutritional therapy without applying deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance when you see an in-network provider and meet Medicare’s eligibility requirements for the service.

During the course of your MNT, your provider may discover and need to investigate or treat a new or existing problem. This additional care is considered diagnostic, meaning your provider is treating you because of certain symptoms or risk factors. Medicare may bill you for any diagnostic care you receive during a preventive visit.

Return to: Medicare In-depth

This content was created and copyrighted by the Medicare Rights Center ©2020. Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities. These materials are presented here with support from YourMedicare.com and may not be distributed, modified or edited without Medicare Rights’ consent.

YourMedicare.com takes pride in providing you as much information as possible concerning your Medicare options, but only a health insurance broker licensed to sell Medicare can help you compare your plan options from various insurance companies. When you’re ready, we recommend you discuss your needs with a YourMedicare.com Licensed Sales Agent.