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Nutrition and Weight Management

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We are committed to providing a high level of assistance to our physician colleagues within BMC and outside of the BMC system, as well. Whether for diagnostics, treatment, a single consultation, second opinion or ongoing follow up, our physicians will keep the consulting physician fully informed of the patient's treatment plan and coordinate long term management.

Medical Nutrition Therapy Program

Our Medical Nutrition Therapy Program includes diet counseling for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to Anemia, Hypertension, Hypercholes­terolemia, Hyperlipidemia, Malnutrition, Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity, PCOS, Sleep Apnea, Thyroid Disease (hypo or hyperthyroidism), Vitamin Deficiency, CAD, CHF, Heart Disease, Diabetes Mellitus (including GDM, IGT), Eating Disorders (Anorexia/Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Night Eating), GI Diseases (Celiac, Crohn's, IBS, Diverticulosis, Ulcerative Colitis, Short Bowel, etc.)

Please send a referral that specifies a diagnosis and type of nutritional counseling desired. If you are located on the BMC campus, the referral should be sent via Logician. Otherwise, the referral can be either faxed to 617.638.7449 or mailed to our office at:

Boston Medical Center
Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Management
Preston Family Building, 2nd floor
732 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Attn: Stephanie Spaide, MS RD LDN

Download a paper copy of our Referral Form that you can fax or mail to us. Self Pay Outpatient Form.

Our office will contact the patient upon receipt of the referral in order to schedule an appointment.

Please note that while many health insurance plans cover or partially cover medical nutrition therapy some do not cover visits with a dietitian or will only cover visits for specific diagnoses. For instance, Medicare will only allow dietitian visits for diabetes or chronic renal insufficiency. Please have your patient contact his/her insurance company to learn details about their specific coverage.

If your patient doesn't have insurance, or if their insurance will not cover dietitian visits, they have the option to self pay at the time of the visit. Please direct the patient to contact Patient Financial Services at 850 Harrison Avenue, Ground Floor (617.414.5155) PRIOR to their scheduled appointment for further details. Your patient will need to fill out the Self-Pay Outpatient Form, please click the link to download the form.

Weight Management Program

Call 617.638.7470 for further information. A referral is required by most insurance companies. If you are located on the BMC campus, the referral should be sent via Logician. Otherwise, the referral can be either faxed to 617.638.7449 or mailed to our office at:

Boston Medical Center
Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Management
Preston Family Building, 2nd floor
732 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Attn: Stephanie Spaide, MS RD LDN

Download a paper copy of our Referral Form that you can fax or mail to us.

For patients without health insurance or whose health insurance does not cover these services there are two self-pay options:

  • Option #1: Pay a flat fee of $598.00 for 16 weeks of MD and RD appointments and weekly support groups. This fee does not cover tests, blood work and nutritional supplements which will be billed separately.
  • Option #2: Pay for appointments at the time of the visit. Please direct the patient to contact Patient Financial Services at 850 Harrison Avenue, Ground Floor (617.414.5155) PRIOR to their scheduled appointment for further details. Your patient will need to fill out the Self Pay Outpatient Form.

If your patient does not choose the flat fee or self-pay program, and does not have insurance coverage for dietitian visits, we will offer a one-time free dietitian appointment. Your patient will be followed by a nutrition physician specialist for subsequent appointments. The patient is strongly encouraged to join one of our weekly weight management support groups.

We are committed to providing a high level of assistance to our physician colleagues within BMC and outside of the BMC system, as well. Whether for diagnostics, treatment, a single consultation, second opinion or ongoing follow up, our physicians will keep the consulting physician fully informed of the patient's treatment plan and coordinate long term management.

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