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  • 14 Oct 2014 12:35 AM | Anonymous
    When completing the MDS for someone on Hospice who has loss significant weight, do they mark it as prescribed wt. loss or not prescribed?  Sounds like a ridiculous question, but my facility has a number of people on Hospice and I want to make sure we are doing it correct.

    Thanks for your help,

    Maria Campilonga,  RD

  • 13 Aug 2014 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    The first speaker for the Fall Seminar is Joanne Maxwell, RDN of the NJ Department of Health.  She wants to answer any questions that you have!  

    Please forward your questions to Cheryl Macellaro at by September 19th to be included in Joanne Maxwell's presentation.

    Thank you!

  • 09 Jul 2014 7:52 AM | Cheryl Ann Macellaro

    The College of Saint Elizabeth is looking for a speaker for the dietetic interns. The topic is Nutrition in LTC and lecture date is Monday, October 20, 2014 from 10-12 noon. If interested in adding this engagement to your resume please reach out to LuanneDiGugliemo, MS, RD, CSR at (980) 232--7800 or email her at:


  • 05 Jun 2014 9:12 PM | Anonymous

    Save the Date!  The Fall DHCC-NJ Seminar will be on Thursday, Oct 2nd, 2014!  More event details to follow.

  • 16 Jan 2014 9:34 AM | Cheryl Ann Macellaro
    I am looking for a reference regarding the safe serving temperatrures for hard to hold  foods such as grilled cheese sandwiches, Reuben sandwiches, pancakes and French toast. The concern is that they do not always meet the standard of >140. The ground and pureed diets hold up well, it's just with the regular and chopped diets. Please respond to Thank you.
  • 21 Nov 2013 1:13 PM | Anonymous
    My facility is planning to admit TPN patients in the near future.  Does anyone have experience with this is a long term/post acute setting?
  • 30 Oct 2013 8:50 PM | Mary Lou Bialon
    Recently my Administrator asked the food service department to stop using the divided dishes for the pureed diets. He stated that it is a dignity issue.  What are your thoughts on the use of these dishes for pureed diets?
  • 29 Oct 2013 10:58 PM | Anonymous
    The new 2013-14 DHCC-NJ Membership Directory is now available online!  Find it on the website under "Members Only":
    It is available in a list or booklet format depending on your preference.  With our efforts to be more "green" it will not be mailed to you this year via regular mail.  If you prefer a hard copy, please visit the website page and print it out.  Thank you!
  • 24 Oct 2013 11:48 AM | Cheryl Ann Macellaro

    I have hired Libby Mills, RDN and AND spokesperson to give a motivational speaking engagement at the January 2014 meeting. I met with her at FNCE and we perused some ideas. I would like to reach out to the DTR students and their instructors and have them attend this meeting. I need names and contact information of schools that carry this program. Please email information by November 10th so I can get this added before holiday break. ( Thank you.



  • 21 Jun 2013 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    Bill Introduced to Allow RDNs to Independently Provide Obesity Counseling


    A promising bipartisan bill that increases vital access and reimbursement for obesity screening and counseling services has been introduced in Congress, thanks to the Academy and its partners, including the Obesity Care Continuum who collaborated with key members of Congress.

    The Academy has continued to work to expand registered dietitian nutritionists’ coverage to independently provide intensive behavioral therapy for obesity since November 2011.  At that time, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its decision to cover obesity counseling services, but stipulated that coverage was limited to the primary care setting and registered dietitian nutritionists must bill “indirect” to the physician.   The Academy has continued to take a two pronged approach to expand coverage for MNT, (1) by addressing current regulations; and (2) collaborating with partners to develop new legislation. 

    If passed, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013 would allow registered dietitian nutritionists and other qualified health practitioners to independently provide – and be reimbursed for – intensive behavioral therapy for obesity for Medicare participants, who are 65 years and older. In addition, information about intensive behavioral therapy for obesity would be highlighted and distributed to Medicare recipients and their doctors, ensuring they are aware of the valuable service.

    The Academy plans to execute a comprehensive strategy to move this legislation through Congress. Reaching out to Senators and Representatives, the Academy will take advantage of the opportunity to educate Congress about the importance of nutrition education and counseling.

    The Academy will put in place an effective grassroots effort, asking member leaders in every state to meet with their members of Congress to help gain support for the bill.


    The Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) includes The Obesity Society (TOS), the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy).  The OCC is a group of organizations working together to represent patients, registered dietitian nutritionists, scientists, clinicians, and surgeons to elevate the recognition of both the prevention and treatment of obesity.

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