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Are Dietitians Doctors?

Dietitians are healthcare professionals, but they have not gone to medical school, therefore are not medical doctors. While doctors have more training overall, dietitians have significantly more education in nutrition specifically. Ideally, patients are working with an entire healthcare team to manage their nutrition-related medical conditions, including both a doctor and a dietitian.

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Procedure Codes G0447 & G0473: Billing for Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity

Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) for obesity is a preventive benefit for Medicare beneficiaries that have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. The service involves a nutrition assessment, as well as interventions on diet and exercise, for weight loss. There are many nuances and specifics for billing this benefit.

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