FAQs 2017-02-09T13:46:55+00:00

FAQs

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions. For inquiries that are not listed below, please contact us.

Does Advantage Nutrition work with individuals who have an eating disorder diagnosis? 2017-01-05T15:34:17+00:00

Yes, both Jacqui & Jen have years of experience with eating disorder recovery.

Does ANW accept insurance? 2017-01-30T19:31:41+00:00

Yes! ANW is a provider with a wide-variety of insurance carriers. Please see our insurance provider list for current provider status.

Will my insurance cover my nutrition sessions? 2017-02-09T15:58:24+00:00
  • It is important to note that our status as a provider does not always guarantee actual coverage for our services.  We encourage all potential clients to contact your individual insurance carrier to confirm your specific coverage for nutrition counseling services.  Even if your insurance carrier is not listed on our site, checking your benefits is still recommended as we could submit your session under out-of-network benefits.
  • When calling your insurance company, you will be inquiring about Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) coverage for the procedure codes 97802 (initial session) and 97803 (follow-up sessions).
  • The ANW office staff is always available to walk you through this process and help to coordinate your care.
  • While the ANW office staff will gladly assist you in achieving coverage for your scheduled nutrition counseling session to the best of our ability, we are not able to provide specific information about your coverage for nutritional counseling services.
  • Your insurance coverage is a contract between yourself and your insurance provider.  ANW is not a privileged party to this contract and all contracts can vary.
  • When evaluating your copay and/or coinsurance which may be due at the time of your session, the registered dietitians at ANW are considered specialists by most insurance carriers.
  • For most HMO plans you will need a referral from your primary care physician before you can see a specialist.  If your plan requires a referral, please make sure you have it faxed or emailed to us prior to the date of your initial appointment.  If we do not have your referral on file when you arrive at ANW then your appointment may need to be rescheduled.
What is the difference between a physician order and an insurance referral? 2017-02-09T16:48:03+00:00
  • A written order from your diagnosing provider needs to be obtained for your care at ANW if we will be submitting a claim to your insurance carrier to obtain reimbursement for your session.
  • As registered dietitians licensed in the state of Pennsylvania, our scope of practice does not allow us to diagnose any conditions.  However, your insurance requires a diagnosis to submit your claim for services.  The order from your physician and/or prescribing healthcare provider, provides us this diagnosis.
  • You can see a sample physician order here. 
  • Insurance referrals are required by HMO insurance plans and are obtained through the office of your primary care physician.
What should I bring to my initial appointment? 2016-11-03T20:07:12+00:00
  • Medical insurance card
  • Doctors order for medical nutrition therapy including pertinent diagnosis(es)
  • Insurance referral (if required by your insurance)
  • Any pertinent and available labs related to your nutritional care
Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment? 2017-02-09T16:48:30+00:00
  • Yes, please arrive 15-20 minutes early for your initial session in order to complete your registration packet.
  • If you would like to complete your registration packet prior to your session you can download a copy HERE.
What should I do if I am running late for an appointment? 2016-11-04T16:19:07+00:00
  • If you know you are running late for an appointment, please call the office at 610.443.1885 to keep us appraised of your arrival time.  If you are thinking of contacting the office while you are driving in your car, please follow all road rules regarding the use of your cellular device.
  • We understand emergencies can arise and urge all clients to drive safely – your safe arrival at our office is more important than the difference of “minutes” to your arrival time.
If I need to change my appointment, how should I contact the office? 2016-11-03T20:13:32+00:00
  • To reschedule your appointment, please contact the office at 610.443.1885 and speak with our staff.
  • Please allow 24 hours’ notice for rescheduling and/or cancellation of any scheduled session in order to avoid a potential missed appointment fee (per your signed registration packet).
Where is ANW located? 2018-01-26T10:32:54+00:00

ANW is located in the Hanover Plaza building on the corner of Postal Road and Marcon Blvd. in Allentown, PA.  Our physical address is 961 Marcon Blvd.  Ample parking surrounds the entire building and there is an entrance door to the main lobby from both the front and back side of the building.  Handicapped access is located at the back/rear entrance.  From the main lobby, you can see the suite number directional signs located at the start of each side hallway – they’re towards the top of the wall, so look up!  ANW is located in Suite 115 – look for our logo on the door!  

What can I expect at my first appointment? 2016-11-04T16:19:07+00:00
  • We are client centered practitioners and individually tailor each and every session to meet our client’s needs and goals.
  • Utilizing a non-diet approach, we strive to provide practical solutions to achieving lifelong lifestyle changes.
  • Initial sessions typically include, but are not limited to:
    • Review medical history and discuss relevant health concerns
    • Review personal goals for sessions
    • Review of any recent bloodwork/labs/medical tests
    • Measurement of height, weight, and calculation of BMI
    • Measurement of body composition analysis
    • Review current food and wellness behaviors such as food choices, eating schedules, portions consumed, etc.
    • Establish calorie and macronutrient needs for client
    • Relate established dietary needs to each client’s individual nutrition goals
    • Create individualized meal plan (and/or goal sheet) for each client’s optimal long-term success
    • Provide handouts and written materials (as needed) to assist client goals
What can I expect at follow-up sessions? 2016-11-04T16:19:07+00:00

Follow-Up Session(s) typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Review any changes to medical history between sessions
  • Review of current food and wellness behaviors, including discussion of both positive and negative changes which may have occurred.
  • Discussed any barriers to change
  • Review out-comes of initial nutrition plan
  • Re-measure weight, height and BMI and compare to previous measures
  • Re-measure body composition and compare to previous session
  • Re-establish goals, modify plan as needed and continue client education on pertinent topics.