Dietitians and Nutritionists Gain New Hospital Ordering Privileges

Qualified dietitians and nutrition professionals received new dietary ordering privileges at hospitals as a condition for participating in Medicare and Medicaid through a new rule from the U.S. Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Previous rules required hospitals to limit dietary ordering privileges to the practitioner responsible for the patient’s care.

This new ruling gives hospitals flexibility in choosing dietary ordering care providers as authorized by medical staff and in accordance with state law. The CMS states, “This final rule also increases the ability of health care professionals to devote resources to improving patient care, by eliminating or reducing requirements that impede quality patient care or that divert resources away from providing high quality patient care.”

Bastyr University offers eight nutrition degree programs as well as a dietetic internship program. In support of the CMS ruling, Bastyr Nutrition Department Chair and Dietetic Internship Director Debra Boutin, MS, RD, says, "I am thrilled to see this expansion of the nutrition scope of practice. This makes our work in education all the more fulfilling, knowing that our graduates will have greater authority in the area of diet orders."

Posted by Heather Carrie, CHPL Director on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:32pm


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