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Message From Your President: 
More Than Hope

Hope is a desire or want for something to happen. Since March I would say to myself, I hope that COVID doesn't get worse, I hope my kids do ok with virtual learning, I hope that NvAND members stay healthy. Now the first vaccines are released and I feel like we have "More Than Hope." We have a viable path forward. Some NvAND members have already received their first doses and many more will follow.

NvAND will continue with virtual events through the Spring and we have some great speakers and networking opportunities available. The first event is our Winter Statewide Meeting on Wednesday, January 27th. Then, in Mid-March, we host our Virtual Legislative Day and Annual Conference. You can start registering for these events in this newsletter. I know you will sign up, and thank you to our board members that are working hard to plan these opportunities!

As we continue to face our many challenges I know that our best days are ahead. More than hope, we have amazing nutrition professionals that will continue to find solutions and make a difference for our patients and community. Happy New Year NvAND!

Dillon Martin, RDN
NvAND President 

Quick Links

Upcoming Events
COVID Vaccine Info
NvAND Spotlight
Get to Know Your Board Members
Policy Update
Promote Diversity
Reimbursement Update
Member Birthdays

Upcoming Events

January Virtual State-Wide Meeting
January 27th 6pm
Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery: What All RDs Should Know
Presented by Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, CSOWM, CDE

This session will provide NvAND members with an overview of how metabolic & bariatric surgery (MBS) works, nutrition guidelines for pre- and post-op, accurate information about common MBS myths, and how to foster an appreciation of success beyond the scale. 1.0 CPEUs

About the presenter:

Laura Andromalos has specialized in the treatment of obesity and diabetes for over 11 years. She is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Previously, she has served as the Bariatric Nutrition Manager at Brigham and Women’s in Boston, MA, the Nutrition Program Manager at Northwest Weight & Wellness Center in Everett, WA, a clinical dietitian at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, and as a bilingual Certified Diabetes Educator Coach in the telehealth setting for Cecelia Health.

Register Now

March 12-14, 2021


The Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is excited to announce the official dates for the 2021 NvAND Annual Conference.  Legislative Day will be on March 12th. The Conference will be held Saturday, March 13th thru Sunday, March 14th. 

Due to the current circumstances, we will be hosting the event virtually so you can enjoy the conference from the safety and comfort of your own home! 

The virtual event will feature educational sessions that focus on practical application and insights on clinical nutrition, community nutrition, career-focused social media, and diversity within dietetics. Thank you for your patience as we finalize the details for this event. Check back on eatrightnevada.org regularly for more details and click here to learn more about one of the speakers, Kate Gardner Burt, PhD, RD.

Legislative Day is a great opportunity to connect with legislators in our state. Please plan to attend virtually, so we can let them know our qualifications as they consider legislation that might impact us. More information to follow! Early Bird Pricing ends February 11th.

Early Bird Pricing 
Members $60
Non-members $80
Students $40
Regular Pricing after 2/11
Members $80
Non-members $100
Students $60
Register Now

Legislative Day, March 12, 2021
When you check out the registration form for our Annual Meeting, March 13 and 14, please also think about participating in our virtual Legislative Day on March 12.  This year, we will be hosting the day virtually, so it will be a challenge.  We plan to have a training at the end of February, with a short kick-off that Friday morning.  Then you will have the opportunity to “visit” with your legislators. Can anyone attend? Yes, certainly. We would love to have students and interns as well, but will need to have RDNs or NDTRs on the call as well.  Once you register, more information will be coming.  You will need to find out who your state legislators are by clicking here.  I’d like to match each legislator with a constituent so please try to volunteer.

Kara Freeman, DrPH, RD, FAND
State Public Policy Representative

COVID-19 Vaccines in Clark County

The Southern Nevada Health District will open a clinic to provide COVID-19 vaccines to health care staff beginning Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Vaccines will be available to health-care providers from select practices by appointment only. Appointments can be made here

Two locations will be available. Select types of health-care settings are being assigned to one of the two locations. Please read the “details” of each location before registering to ensure you are selecting the appropriate location for your setting. 

More information about COVID-19 is available on the Southern Nevada Health District website.
January Member Spotlight

         

Wade Warren is a senior at UNLV and is the current president of the Student Nutrition and Dietetics Association (SNDA). Wade was nominated because of his commitment and the effort he has invested into SNDA over the past year. He is described as devoted, dependable, and encouraging. Wade plans to graduate in May 2021 then head straight into the internship to become an RD. Wade focused his interview on SNDA which he reports has really helped guide him through his time at UNLV from being a member of the Garden Committee to Garden Committee Chair to now President, Wade said he has been able to develop connections, have invaluable experience, and grow as a dietetic student.
... Read the Full Spotlight and view the Spotlight Video.

Do you know a fellow professional who makes a difference? Please email Newsletter@EatRightNevada.org or click here to nominate a member for a future spotlight.

Reily McKinnis, MS, RD
Newsletter Editor

Getting to Know your Board Members and their Positions

“The one thing I was not aware of is you get CPEU’s for being on the board... So there’s that benefit to anybody who's on the fence about joining but also you get to meet a lot of cool people and you get inspired...” 

-Brianna Davis, Dietetic Intern,  NvAND Sponsorship Chair 2020-2021

Are you looking to develop leadership skills and make a difference in the dietetics profession? Well good news, the NvAND 2021 elections for board positions will be here sooner than you think! The Nominating Committee will begin accepting nominations on February 1st, 2021 so keep your eyes peeled for an email to submit a nomination for yourself, your friend, or your coworker!

If you’re curious what it’s like to serve on the board check out our blog series- “Getting to Know your Board Members and their Positions”. Our next video will cover what it’s like to be the NvAND Sponsorship  Chair featuring Brianna Davis. Also hear from Sora Julie Lee and her experience as the NvAND Diversity Liaison by checking out her blog article.

Missed our previously featured videos and articles covering the President, Nominating Committee, Fundraising Chair, State Awards Chair, Licensure Liaison, and Consumer Protection Coordinator positions? Don’t fret! Check out our September 2020, October 2020, and November 2020.

We welcome all members to apply for board positions. If you are interested in serving on the NvAND board or have questions please contact the Nominating Committee at NomCom@EatRightNevada.org.

Sierra Kirby, MPH, RD
Nominating Committee Chair

Happy New Year from the NvAND Public Policy Panel!
We’re going into 2021 with a busy calendar! We’re going to have new videos for you, a training webinar to prepare for our first ever Virtual Legislative Day, and a bunch of upcoming federal legislative campaigns spearheaded by the Academy. In order to keep you more informed, I’ll be adding routine blog posts to the NvAND blog. I’ll make sure to let you know on social media every time I make a post. You can access the blog here.

 COVID Relief: We witnessed the long overdue cooperation between parties and chambers in the passing of an omnibus bill that included the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act. (An omnibus bill is a bill with several different - sometimes unrelated - measures that are packaged together. It requires one vote in each chamber instead of a vote for each act within the bill.) President Trump signed the bill into law on December 27. 

The Relief Act includes over $26 billion for nutrition assistance and agriculture and rural programs. $13 billion of that goes towards nutrition assistance programs, while the other $13 billion goes to agricultural assistance and programs. A summary of these measures can be found here.

Measures specific to food and nutrition in the Relief Act:
  • 15% increase in SNAP benefits through June 30, 2021
  • $400 million for food banks through TEFAP
  • $13 million for CSFP
  • $175 million for senior nutrition programs
  • $75 million and additional flexibilities for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program
  • Emergency funding for schools and daycares
  • Improvements to Pandemic EBT
The MNT Act:  Unfortunately, the MNT Act in its current iteration will die in committee. The 117th Congress will be sworn in on January 3, 2021. The Academy is moving forward with plans to get the MNT Act reintroduced in both Chambers. This is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of public policy - it is a marathon, not a sprint!

The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been released! The theme for this version is "Make Every Bite Count." For the first time, the Guidelines include recommendations for ALL stages of life, from birth to older adults. You can check out the 2020-2025 Guidelines here.


Dawn Matusz, MS, NDTR
Public Policy Coordinator

Promote Diversity

“2020 was a rough year” is an understatement of the century. Disparities are found everywhere, but what the year 2020 did bring was some light to diversity and inclusion issues. It also brought forth ideas and stimulated changes to better our community and profession. There has been discussions around the NY Times article which highlights different perspectives on diversity issues and current efforts to address them. Here is a response article that was written to the NY Times article that provides some great action items, including recruiting at the high school levels rather than just a the collegiate levels. Click here to read a message from the Academy's president about creating lasting change.  NvAND is making efforts to bring education and diversity competencies by connecting with local experts and inviting an expert on diversity in dietetics to speak at our NvAND Annual Conference. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) is working nationwide to bring forth change. Below are some initiatives the Academy has on deck.

1.      Diversity and Inclusion Awards and Grants
2.      Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity Resources
3.      Diversity and Inclusion Committee Update: Consultation and Collaboration
4.      Become a Diversity and Inclusion Liaison and Support the Growth of Your Profession
5.      Diversity and Health Equity Category in Definition of Terms List
6.      Evidence Analysis Center Transgender Nutrition Scoping Review

Please reach out with any suggestions!

Sora Lee, RDN, LD
Diversity Liaison

Reimbursement Update
Medicare Denial Problems for CDK
If you are a Medicare provider submitting claims for MNT for CKD patients, you may have recently been receiving denials for patients with CKD stage 3. On October 1, 2020, ICD-10 codes for CKD stage 3 changed to include more specificity (from N18.3 to N18.31, CKD stage 3a, and N18.32, CKD stage 3b). The Academy has learned that Medicare has not yet updated these new ICD-10 codes into their system for claims processing, however the old code N18.3 has been discontinued. Billing software will only accept new codes. Medicare stated there will be two updates either December 18th or sometime in January where this issue should be fixed in their system. This problem may also impact Medicare Advantage plans. To avoid denied claims, contact the patient's referring physician to obtain the appropriate new ICD-10 code to use.

Possible Medicare Cuts in 2021
Despite intense advocacy efforts by the Academy, registered dietitian nutritionist will see an estimated 5% cut in their Medicare payments unless Congress intervenes. Since December, the Academy has been participating in a coalition of over 100 physician and non-physician national associations, representing more than 1 million physicians and non- physician health care providers, advocating with CMS to delay implementation of the payment increases for office services. The coalition has also been lobbying Congress to waive the budget neutrality requirement for 2021 and 2022 until after CMS reports to Congress on the overarching effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). In the PFS Final Rule, CMS states the waiver authorities available during the PHE do not include the ability to waive the bud- get neutrality requirement nor exempt categories for physicians or practitioners from the budget neutrality adjustments. Focus now turns to Congress, where bills have been introduced in both the House (H.R. 8702) and the Senate (S. 5007) to prevent these cuts and authorize supplemental payments to restore reduced reimbursement rates to their 2021 levels.  Stay tuned for updated information coming in January.

Telehealth
For all the Academy’s up to date information on Telehealth go to www.eatright-pro.org/practice/practice-resources/telehealth#quickGuide

Mickey Mazurowski, RDN, LD, LPTA, CLT
Reimbursement Representative
NvAND January Birthdays!

Happy Birthday to all our NvAND members celebrating a birthday this month! We hope you have a great birthday! Those in bold are serving you on the NvAND Board.

3- Emma Cheskey
4- Tosca Keppler, DTR
4- Pamela Long, RDN
4- Malik Terry, RD
6- Holly Brewer, MS, RDN, LDN
6- Tiffani Nalivka, MS, RDN, LD
6- Coni Schaffarzick, RD
8- Sydney Sloan, RDN, CDE
9- Shannon Gist, RD, LD
9- Jennifer Trevino, RD
9- Cynthia Tsai, MS, RD
10- Debi Hendricks, MPH, RD, LDN
11- Lea Ebro, PhD
12- Patty Campbell, MS, RD
12- Mary Catherine LaFrance, PSYD, RD
12- Avelina San Juan-Roberto, MS, RDN, LD
13- Geetha Krishnan, MA, MS, RD, CDE
14- Erica Calva

15- Mariah Altman NDTR
15- Connie Mobley PhD
15- Madeleine Sigman-Grant PhD
16- Christian Cazarez Camacho
16- Wendy Stephens
17- Doreen Highfield CDE
17- Kathleen O’Donnell RD, LD
18- Trudy Wallace
20- Amarga Fajardo
20- Lisa McComb MBA, RD, CSP, LD, IBCLC
25- Susan Benson RD
27- Sedona Mazza RD
28- Marybeth Nissen
29- Kathryn Spada RD
30- Adrienne DeLucchi MPH, DTR
30- Colleen Duewiger RD
30- Allison Schnitzer RD, LD
31- Shirley Farkas RD
Job Opportunites
Make sure to check out the latest Job Postings in the NvAND Facebook Group and on the NvAND website in the Members area.
Keep In Touch!
Do you have something you’d like to share in our monthly newsletter? We’d love to hear from you! Email Reilly McKinnis at Newsletter@EatRightNevada.org to get the word out!

Interested in volunteering with NvAND? We always welcome member involvement. Please contact Admin@EatRightNevada.org.
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