Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I talked to my son, the Registered Dietician, and it seems the American Dietetic Association has already proposed new and stiffer qualifications for dieticians. In former times, the dietetics programs were run out of college Home Economics departments (remember them?). Then the rules changed the requirements for being "Registered" to include a 4 year degree in Nutrition Science plus a one year clinical internship plus the state exam (my son did that). Now, in anticipation of a greater and more critical role (read "lucrative role") following obesity being named a disease, they are proposing requiring a master's degree prior to the one year internship. What better way to limit the payment goodies to a smaller, more elite club? That education is vital for true nutritional diseases, but for counseling the overweight? Do you really need the same education to counsel the overweight as you do for helping those with failing livers, missing bowels, or throat muscle failure? Evidently.
Nope, but as soon as anything needs to be scrutinized by insurance companies, requirements boom to limit the pool of recipients for the coming largesse.
It has begun.