American Dietetic Association Announces Agenda for Health Reform
“The health of our citizens should improve as a result of our health policy choices,” said registered dietitian and ADA President
“To achieve that goal will require us to refocus the current system and provide adequate resources so we can maintain health and wellness. It also calls for a shift toward more disease prevention, early detection, delay of disease progression and chronic disease management in a continuum of strategies,” Yadrick said.
ADA and its members are engaging in health policy work, both in
ADA’s health care reform recommendations will include options to redirect a sizable portion of the
Nutrition and diet are associated with seven of the top ten leading causes of death in
“ADA’s work also will focus on the role of the registered dietitian in a reformed system that helps all Americans stay healthy for as long as possible, and receive the best quality of care available. We see these as rights for every American – rights that also include access to healthy food and qualified health professionals, including registered dietitians,” Yadrick said.
In preparation for a national dialogue on health care reform, ADA began work last year to identify the unique role registered dietitians play in U.S. health programs and the delivery of health care to individuals. That role extends from nutrition education, nutrition assessment, counseling, and interventions for which RDs possess and apply unique knowledge, training and skills. ADA’s health-care recommendations were approved by the Association’s Board of Directors in January and are available at http://www.eatright.org/ada/files/HCRTF_Report.pdf.
“ADA’s report calls on Congress to fix flaws in the current system and to act now,” Yadrick said.
Among specific recommendations are to expand coverage of nutrition services to areas in which medical nutrition therapy will improve health outcomes; improve coordination of care and disease management; include nutrition care provided by registered dietitians in team-based programs as well as by individual RD providers; improve and expand information technologies and include nutrition data for patients; support a sustainable and continuously funded system that patients can count on today and in the future; and reimburse providers at fair market rates.
The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.
SOURCE American Dietetic Association