What occurs during the initial appointment?
Prior to your appointment you will receive a Health Evaluation Profile that should be completed and brought with you to your appointment. On the profile you be asked to provide the reason for seeking the consultation, your past medical history, family medical history, medications you are currently taking, known allergies, supplements you are currently on, a food diary and additional information that will help us design your specific nutritional program that will help you reach your goals. If you are currently taking supplements, it is recommended that you bring them with you so they may be evaluated. Some people have found it easier to take pictures of the front and back label so that they don’t need to bring everything to the appointment. It is also helpful to bring any current blood work that you’ve had done so we may better evaluate your needs.
How long are the appointments?
The initial consultation is a minimum of 60 minutes. Follow-up appointments range from 20 minutes to 1+ hour, depending on the issues involved and the previously determined goals.
Will there be follow-up appointments?
Depending on the reason for your consultation, follow-up appointments are usually recommended. That said, you are the one in control of whether you wish to return. Different health issues require different programs of varying durations. If weight loss is one of the objectives, accountability issues are discussed and follow-up appointments are scheduled accordingly.
What if I have questions before my next appointment?
You are welcome to email or phone the office for simple questions and clarifications. If the topic needs to be discussed in greater length, we will be happy to see you sooner than your next appointment is scheduled.
Do you provide long-distance appointments?
While in-office visits are optimal, Advent Nutrition does offer long-distance sessions to those who are unable to come to the office due to distance, health issues, or unavailable transportation. In the past we have counseled clients in Hawaii, Seattle, Los Angeles, Florida, Maine, Denmark, and Dubai, to name a few.
Do you accept Medicare?
Since Medicare will only pay for 3 appointments and only for nutrition as it relates to renal failure or diabetic complications, we have decided that those on Medicare are better served by giving a 25% discount on our fees. If your secondary insurance plan is BlueCross, Keystone, Cigna, or Aetna, we will file a claim on your behalf; however, it is our experience that reimbursement occurs only about 50% of the time. While you will be required to pay for your appointment at the time of your visit, if we receive payment for your claim, you will be reimbursed that amount.
Advent Nutrition accepts Blue Cross, Keystone, Cigna and Aetna insurance. Most times deductibles do not need to be met. Blue Cross and Keystone offer 6 free visits per year. Aetna typically gives 10-26 visits per year, and you are only responsible for your copay.
Call 610-696-1860 and we will let you know exactly what nutritional benefits your policy covers.