Frequently Asked Questions

Insurance

We are in network with Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Sara Kahn, MS, CNS, CDN is in network with Aetna and Ellen Biemiller, MS, CNS, LDN is in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield. 

We require all insurance clients to verify their own insurance benefits, so there are no financial surprises. 

Please review our Insurance page for details and specific directions on how to verify your own financial benefits. 

If we don’t accept your insurance plan, your insurance carrier may offer out-of-network benefits.  If this is the case, we can provide a Superbill (receipt) so you can submit it for reimbursement. 

We also accept FSA (Flex Spending Account) and HSA (Health Savings Account) cards. Please note that it is your responsibility to verify coverage for nutrition counseling with a clinical nutritionist (we are not dietitians). Your plan may require that you have a Medical Letter of Necessity for reimbursement.

 

What is a CNS?

Sara Kahn and Ellen Biemiller are board Certified Nutrition Specialist practitioners. The requirements include earning Masters of Science in Nutrition, having at least 1,000 clinical hours and passing a board exam. They are qualified to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy and nutrition counseling for health conditions.

What’s the Difference Between a Nutritionist, a Registered Dietitian and a Health Coach?

These terms are often used interchangeably and their meaning can vary depending on what state you live in.

  • In the state of NY, anyone can offer nutrition advice and use of the term “Nutritionist” is not a protected title. It’s up to the consumer to do their due diligence to determine the level of education, qualifications, board certifications, experience, etc.
  • Sara Kahn is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist practitioner (CNS). The requirements include earning Masters of Science in Nutrition, having at least 1,000 clinical hours and passing a board exam. She is qualified to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy for health conditions.
  • A Registered Dietitian is also qualified to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy for health conditions. They are required to have a nutrition-related Bachelor’s degree and complete an internship. They are not required to have a Masters degree, but many do.
  • Health coaches can educate on healthy eating in general or educate on specific diets applicable to the general population. They can’t advise on dietary changes for specific medical conditions or provide individualized nutrition plans. It is not within their scope of practice.

How Does Nutritional Counseling Work?

Everyone is welcome to schedule a free 15-minute strategy session to determine if we are a good fit. You should be comfortable with our approach and expertise. We are looking for clients who understand that restoring health is a process and are ready to make changes to their diet and lifestyle. As part of the initial strategy session, we will explain our approach to your case based on your symptoms and health conditions. Learn more about what to expect from nutritional counseling or schedule your free 15-minute strategy session.

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