Barnard Medical Center is accepting new patients.
All new telehealth patients must be residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Please note that we do not participate with all insurances and we only accept Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Medicaid plans. Please connect with our front desk staff to review insurance plans.
Begin by clicking here to create a portal account. Once you have created your portal account, a member of our staff will contact you within 24 hours.
Once you have scheduled your appointment you can upload medical records through the patient portal or they can be faxed to our medical office at 202-527-7400. If we do not have medical records from you prior to your appointment, your appointment will be rescheduled.
Check in Before Your Visit!
Streamline your appointment with Barnard Medical with EPION’s Pre-Visit Check-in.
Our pre-registration software, EPION, assists us in giving you the best experience possible.
How It Works: After scheduling your appointment, you will receive a text message and email within an hour. This message will contain a link asking you to verify your information. You will be asked to fill out your demographic information, upload a picture of your insurance card and driver’s license, sign consent forms and fill out a medical history questionnaire.
Once you have completed all the forms, you will be all set!
We require that you complete these forms 72 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. Your appointment may be rescheduled if we do not have your forms completed.
Preparing for your telehealth appointment:
Our HIPAA-compliant telehealth video-conferencing software, Athena Telehealth, makes it easy to connect with your clinician remotely.
How It Works: Visit the Telemedicine page for detailed steps to schedule your appointment.
What is MNT and how is it different from a consultation with a dietitian?
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is the term that insurance companies use when referring to a consultation with a registered dietitian and is defined as “nutrition-based treatment provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist,” and includes “a nutrition diagnosis as well as therapeutic and counseling services.”
Will my insurance cover MNT?
Most insurance plans cover consultation with a dietitian, but it is best to check with your insurance before your visit.
If you have Medicare:
At present, Medicare covers MNT only for individuals with a diagnosis of diabetes or chronic kidney disease. A referral by a physician is required. If you have secondary insurance, it may cover MNT; however, Medicare will be billed first. Medicare also requires the completion of an advanced beneficiary notice. Please complete and return this form to us prior to your appointment. The form can be faxed to 202-725-7400 or uploaded via your patient portal. Medicare requires that we provide patients with a written notification whenever it is likely that you will be responsible for the bill.
If you do NOT have Medicare:
MNT may be covered. Although your insurance may not require you to have a referral for MNT, it is the policy of the Barnard Medical Center for patients who want to work with a dietitian to have a referral.
Who verifies whether my insurance will cover dietitian consultation?
We recommend that you call your insurance provider in advance of your appointment to verify that it is a covered service. Please note that our staff are not able to call and verify coverage.
What information should appear on my referral for MNT?
Your referring provider should include that the referral is for medical nutrition therapy, the diagnosis for which you are being referred to a dietitian, and the number of visits for your referral (if no number is listed, some insurance companies assume the referral is only good for 1 visit).
Where should my referral be sent?
Your referring provider can fax a referral for MNT to 202-527-7400.
When you call your insurance provider, we recommend that you ask them the following questions:
- Does my insurance plan cover MNT? The billing codes for MNT are 97802 (initial session) and 97803 (follow-up session).
- How many MNT sessions will my insurance plan cover?
- Is a specific diagnosis needed for MNT to be covered? Your referral will list the diagnosis code for which you have been referred to a dietitian.
- What, if anything, am I responsible for paying?