HB 475 Modifies provisions relating to the licensing of dietitians

Current Bill Summary

- Prepared by Senate Research -

HCS/HB 475 - Current law provides that, for purposes of provisions of law regulating the practice of nutrition and dietetics, "medical nutrition therapy" shall mean nutritional diagnostic, therapy, and counseling services furnished by a registered dietitian or register dietitian nutritionist. Under this act, "medical nutrition therapy" shall instead mean the provision of nutrition care services for the treatment or management of a disease or medical condition.

Under this act, no provision of law governing licensed dieticians shall interfere with any person credentialed in the field of nutrition providing advice, counseling, or evaluations related to food, diet, or nutrition within his or her scope of practice if such services do not constitute medical nutrition therapy under the Dietician Practice Act.

Prior to performing any service to which the law governing licensed dieticians does not apply under the act, a credentialed non-dietician shall provide his or her name, title, business address and telephone number, a statement that he or she is not a licensed dietician, a statement that his or her information or advice may constitute alternative care, and his or her qualifications.

This act is identical to SCS/SB 232 (2021) and is similar to SB 893 (2020) and HB 2000 (2020).


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