MSAND Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

Carrie Kiley - Friday, September 15, 2017

Greeting MS-AND Members,

The Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors includes a Professional Advisory Council. Members of this advisory council include leaders and researchers in a variety of fields related to food, nutrition and dietetics. The purpose of this council is to provide guidance on nutrition and dietetics related issues and standardize best practices related to our field. Advisory council members represent the following fields:

  • Adult nutrition 
  • Behavioral health
  • Billing/coding/3rd party reimbursement
  • Breastfeeding
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical nutrition management
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Food Science/Industry
  • Gerontology/healthy aging
  • Hunger and food access
  • Nutrition support
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Public health
  • Renal nutrition
  • School nutrition 
  • Sports Nutrition 
  • Weight management
  • Worksite wellness.  

If you have an interest, or would like to nominate someone who has an interest in serving on this advisory council, please email a summary of your professional experience in that field to Appointments to the board last for one year from June-May and re-appointments may be nominated in subsequent years.

MS-AND Nominations - 2018-2019 Membership Year

Did you know you can earn free continuing education credits each year by being a member of the MS-AND Board of Directors (BOD)?

Madison Payne, Chair of the Council on Education and Research, also enjoys being on the BOD because it is a great way to get to know other dietitians across the state.  In her position, she served one year as chair-elect and worked closely with the chair.  The second year of her term, she was the chair and she trained the chair-elect.  The COER position approves continuing professional education activities.  One of Madison’s achievements in this role was developing an online continuing education form which streamlined the process.  In the future, the COER might be involved in providing nutrition education actives through webinars.

For more information about this and other BOD positions, check out the MS-AND website at If you are interested in a position or have questions, please contact the nominating committee by November , or  (not .com)

Open Position - Nutrition that Works

Full time and part time opportunities in Mississippi for a Consultant Registered Dietitian to join our team. Positions are in Skilled Nursing Facilities and consist of completing nutrition assessments, significant weight changes and working with the interdisciplinary care plan team. Opportunities are in the following locations: Jackson, Meridian, Liberty, Laurel, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Vaiden, Bruce, Fulton, Booneville, Iuka, and West Point. Job sharing is available. This opportunity offers great compensation and flexible schedule! Overnight hotel accommodations can be provided, if needed. Candidate must be accredited by the CDR and have licensure in the state of Mississippi. Minimum of 1 year of clinical experience desired. Other opportunities available: Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Utah, Michigan, West Virginia, and New York. Please visit our website to apply: or email: Phone: 919-308-8175

Retirement of Dr. Kathy Yadrick

After a stellar career that spans more than 30 years in higher education, Dr. Kathy Yadrick, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced her intentions to retire in June 2018.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, in conjunction with the Dean of the College of Health, has laid plans to honor Dr. Kathy Yadrick for her outstanding work with an endowment to support future nutrition researchers at Southern Miss. Members of the nutrition and dietetics community, fellow researchers and collaborators, and friends of Dr. Yadrick are invited to commemorate her exemplary work in the field of nutritional and community-engaged research with a gift of their own to the endowment fund.

Dr. Yadrick has served in state and national leadership roles with the Academy, including serving as chair of the Research Committee of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2010-2011 and as president of the then Mississippi Dietetic Association in 1994-1995. She has held other leadership roles for MS-AND, which include chairing the nominating committee and the Council on Education and Research.

From Yadrick’s earliest work as a nutritionist with the Michigan State Extension Service and Oklahoma State Department of Health, her passion has been community nutrition. Though she has taught many different courses over her career, courses in community nutrition, nutrition through the life cycle, and food nutrition public policy best reflect her predominant teaching interests.

Beyond the classroom, Yadrick is a prolific researcher who has focused specifically on community-engaged research. Her early work as a practitioner in Community Nutrition with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program and WIC shaped her professional course as a researcher, working with communities to develop interventions to improve health in those who experience health disparities. She has received two National Institute of Health grants, along with 20 years of funding from the USDA Agricultural Research Service for nutrition intervention research in the Delta regions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Yadrick has bridged her classroom work and research pursuits by heavily investing in future researchers through mentorship. She has chaired 10 doctoral committees and sat on a total of 11 committees. She also has mentored multiple young investigators as recipients of NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program awards. Currently, Yadrick is the Principal Investigator for The University of Southern Mississippi’s portion of the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research, which is funded by the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences and seeks to provide the infrastructure needed to support obesity-related research across three partner institutions.

For inquiries about the endowment and for information on how to give, please contact Ashley Smith in the USM College of Health Dean’s Office: or 601-266-5253.

Academy Updates

ACEND Standards
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) is writing to keep you informed of our standards development work.  A copy of the July and August Standards Update are posted on the ACEND Monthly Standards webpage.  Monthly Standards Update  In the July issue the similarities and differences between the 2017 and Future Education Model Accreditation Standards are noted, as well as new questions related to both sets of standards and the demonstration programs. In the August issue the application process for the first cohort of programs is discussed as well as questions related to both the 2012 and Future Education Model Standards.
The Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor’s and Graduate Degree Programs were released on June 19, 2017.  ACEND invites programs interested in being accredited under these standards to apply to be an early adopter demonstration program.  The Standards and information about the demonstration program application process can be found at:
Beginning on July 13, 2017, the monthly Virtual Town Hall meetings will be held on the second Thursday of the month at 1 PM Central Time.  The ACEND Standards Committee periodically changes the time that the Town Hall is held, so that people who were not able to attend in the past due to scheduling conflicts may be able to join us now.
Please share this information with your constituents/colleagues.  If you or they have questions, please send them to or call 312-899-4872, so we can respond to them.  Future editions of the monthly update will include these questions and an ACEND response.
Academy’s Heart Failure (HF) Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines on EAL
2017 HF Guideline with recommendations on medical nutrition therapy, energy and protein intake, physical activity, sodium and fluid intake, and more. Members and subscribers, please login to access the content at; non-members can purchase a subscription.
Membership: Refer and Win
Share the value of membership with your friends and colleagues by participating in the 2017 Refer a Colleague Program. The more new members you refer between July 1 and September 1, 2017, the better your chances of winning free Academy memberships for you and your referral. To get credit, make sure your colleague enters your name in the “Referral Information” section of the online membership application and both of you will be eligible to win free Academy memberships for the 2018-2019 year. Help the Academy grow by pointing your colleagues to!
Keep Receiving your Academy Benefits by Making Sure Your Contact Info is Up-to-Date
To update your contact information, sign in to and access your “My Academy” profile by clicking the arrow next to your name at the top of the page. Here, you can edit your contact information, as well as view your account, membership and Academy Group information – all in one place. With accurate contact information, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the exclusive benefits included with your membership.
Latest MNT Provider
Check out the most recent issues of the MNT Provider
August Issue
Learn how to optimize revenue and care coordination with chronic care management services; read about the new MIPS Improvement Activities Performance Category web-based training course and the revised Federally Qualified Health Center Fact Sheet available. Learn more about operationalizing Dietitian Order-Writing Privileges: The Step by Step Process
July Issue
Learn how to use the Explanation of Benefits to manage claims; read about the expansion of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model and opportunities for registered dietitian nutritionists; and discover new resources to assist with successful participation in MIPS.
June Issue
What are the risks of EHR shortcuts?  What is the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier? Can other health care professionals, beyond RDNs provide and receive reimbursement for medical nutrition therapy (MNT) services by third party payers? Which FNCE® 2017 sessions should I be sure NOT to miss?  The answer to these questions are in the latest MNT Provider
Transforming Vision into Action Award Recipient
The Council on Future Practice is pleased to announce that the project titled “The Use of Computer Assisted Instruction to Teach Nutrition Focused Physical Examination” was selected the first-ever Transforming Vision into Action Award. The project was submitted by Jennifer Tomesko, DCN, RD, CNSC from Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Recognition for this award will be given during FNCE® 2017.
The Council on Future Practice’s Transforming Vision into Action Award is a new pilot award in its first year. The finalists were selected by a panel of judges and the award recipient was determined by an Academy member vote.
New Payment Streams for Services Provided by RDNs in Primary Care
The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) is a national advanced primary care medical home model that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally-based multi-payer (private payers and Medicaid can participate) payment reform and care delivery transformation.  The CPC+ launched in January in the following states:  AK, CO, HI, KS, MO, MI, MT, NY, NJ, OH, KY, OK, OR, PA, RI and TN.  The practice selection process is currently underway in NE, ND, LA and the Greater Buffalo Region of NY for participation in January of 2018.
CPC+ practices are likely to be interested in understanding how MNT and RDNs can help practices improve patient outcomes in primary care. RDNs may be able to provide MNT for more conditions and deliver a broader range of services (e.g., care coordination and Chronic Care Management services) as part of the CPC+ model.  Payment for services provided by RDNs in the context of the model can be from traditional fee for service payments from Medicare and other payers. Practices can also choose to allocate revenue from the alternate payment model streams (e.g., Care Management Fees) for other services, such as MNT for Medicare beneficiaries for other conditions (i.e. in addition to DM, CKD, post kidney transplant) if practices determine that those services are important to improving patient care and outcomes. Participating practices are required to report and document any additional services and care provided beyond beneficiary/enrollee benefits. You following toolkit can help RDNs understand communicate the value of the RDN in primary care:  RDNs in the New Primary Care: A Toolkit for Successful Integration.
Are you already working in a CPC+? Help the Academy build a network of RDNs adding value in primary care.   Check to see if your practice is participating.
Join the Academy’s online community of RDNs working in Health Care Transformation or contact Michelle Kuppich, RDN, Senior Manager of Nutrition Services Integration on the Nutrition Services Coverage team to learn more
Academy Papers: NEW-Published July and August 2017
The new Academy Position Paper “Interprofessional Education in Nutrition as an Essential Component of Medical Education” was published in the July 2017 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You can access this position paper on the Academy website.
The new Academy Practice Paper “Classic and Modified Diets for Treatment of Epilepsy” was published in the August 2017 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You can access this practice paper on the Academy website.
You can access all of the Academy position and practice paper web site at:
Nominations for 2018 Election
Nominations are open for positions on the 2018 Academy ballot. The Nominating Committee is looking for individuals with proven leadership skills and vision to further the profession. Nominations for president-elect, speaker-elect and treasurer-elect closed September 1, 2017. All other nominations are due by October 25, 2017. Please visit to view the positions available on the 2018 ballot and access the nomination form.
EHR Toolkit
The NCPRO Electronic Health Record (EHR) Toolkit Workgroup kindly requests your input on the upcoming revision of the Academy’s EHR Toolkit.  The EHR Toolkit is a free resource provided to all eNCPT subscribers to assist nutrition and dietetics professionals in the process of building, buying, or using an existing EHR and integrating within that EHR the Nutrition Care Process Terminology (NCPT). We are seeking information on how to improve the toolkit to provide better guidance on implementing the NCPT into electronic medical records in various care settings.  Your feedback is needed. Please respond by September 15th.
Evidence Analysis Library
Call for Topic Experts
The Academy is seeking topic experts to conduct a systematic review and develop nutrition recommendations in the area of dietary cholesterol and saturated fat. To learn more about Workgroup Member responsibilities and to apply for this volunteer position, please visit the EAL.
The Evidence Analysis Library published 2 systematic reviews on the topic of Umami. Now a new resource titled Umami – The Science and Lore of Healthy Eating is available. Download it for free from the EAL.
Just Published!
Nutrition Care in Bariatric Surgery Systematic Review
We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 Nutrition Care in Bariatric Surgery Systematic Review.

The Bariatric Surgery systematic review is an update to the review published in 2009. For the 2017 review, the expert workgroup focused on four subtopic areas:

  • Post-Operative Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Post-Operative Energy Needs
  • Post-Operative Energy Intake
  • Post-Operative Macronutrient Intake

Key Findings include are available at

MS-AND Member Discussion Board

We have created a private forum for MS-AND members to communicate with each other to share resources, ask questions, and interact more. To subscribe to the discussion board simply send an email that contains your full name and Academy ID number to and you will be approved shortly.

Once you are subscribed you can post directly from your email by sending your questions, resource, or discussion topic directly to The group has been quiet so far, but please don't be shy! This was created for us to interact more effectively with each other.

2017 MS-AND Diet Manual Available

I am Jenna Moore, the MS-AND Diet Manual Manager for 2017-18.  The revised manual for 2017 is currently available for sale.  You can download the order form from the MS-AND website, fill it out, and either mail it in with your check or money order, or e-mail it to receive a link for credit card payment. 

The 2018 MS-AND Diet Manual will be available for sale in Spring 2018.  If you have further questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding the current and/or upcoming Diet Manual revisions, please refer to the MS-AND website at or e-mail me at  

Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MS-AND. As we work to provide excellent serivce to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them to

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