Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Registered Dietitian?
A: Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has completed the academic requirements to qualify for the credential ‘RD.’ In addition to earning a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college/university in nutrition science or related field, an RD must also complete an accredited, supervised practice program (dietetic internship) and then pass a rigorous national exam. To be a ‘nutritionist,’ there are no credentialing requirements. Individuals seeking nutrition coaching or medical nutrition therapy should be aware that anyone can call themselves a ‘nutritionist.’ without adequate education and licensure to do so. The scientific background and expertise of a Registered Dietitian cannot be matched.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are conveniently located in downtown Beverly, Massachusetts at 9 Dane St. Our building is on the corner of Dane and Knowlton Streets. Knowlton Street provides plenty of free, on-street parking. You’ll find our office on the Dane St. side of the building up the handicap ramp.
Q: Do you accept health insurance?
A: Yes! We are contracted with BlueCross BlueShield, Harvard Pilgrim, United Health Care and Tufts Commercial Health Plan. Some out-of-network plans may cover nutrition services. However, every plan is different so make sure you review your benefits prior to your first visit (our new client forms contain a script that will walk you through a phone call with your insurance company to determine your benefits). If you have a plan that we don’t accept, we will provide a fully coded "superbill" for you to submit to your insurance company directly for possible reimbursement. If your plan doesn’t cover nutrition counseling, we have a private pay option. Please contact our office directly if you have any questions - we're here to help!
Virtual nutrition coaching, functional nutrition testing, meal planning, and metabolic assessments are not covered by health insurance.
Q: Do you offer a sliding scale?
A: No, a sliding scale is not accepted in our practice.
Q: Can you make recommendations for other specialty providers such as therapist, psychiatrists or physicians should I need one?
A: Yes! We have lists of providers that we work closely with and would be happy to make recommendations for PCPs, therapists or other specialists once we meet.
Q: I forgot money for my copay. Can you bill me?
A: Copays or out-of-pocket fees are due at time of visit. We require a credit card to be left on file so in the event you forget an alternate form of payment, we can charge the card on file. If you are a virtual client, visits must be paid for prior to the start of the session. You will be prompted to enter payment details upon booking via our scheduling software, Acuity.
Q: What forms of payment are accepted?
A: Cash, check and all forms of credit are accepted at NourishRX. HSA, Flex Spending or Benefit cards are also accepted for copays and outstanding balances. Copays and outstanding balances are required to be paid in full at the start of the session.