Why would the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) leadership pursue exclusionary licensure?
- AND's own reports demonstrate that exclusionary licensure is a tool to help marginalize their competition (AND Licensure HOD Backgrounder, 2011)
- It creates exclusive access to insurance reimbursement opportunities
- It could elevate the reputation and respect of RDs within the medical community
Unless licensure with exclusive scope of practice laws that enable only RDs to provide nutrition care are thwarted, huge numbers of qualified practitioners will have no right to legally provide nutrition care. Your livelihood and the future of the practice of nutrition depend on your willingness to act!