Show Me The Money:  How Public Policy Impacts Dietitian Services

Presenters:  Carrie Leiran, MS, RDN, LD, CEDRD & Susie Roberts, RDN, LD, MS, CWPD

Session Description:  Public Policy greatly impacts the level of credence our field is given…and that directly affects how dietitian services get compensated. To further the nutritional importance of what we do, all dietitians must advocate for themselves as well as our profession at the local, state, and national level.

Session Learning Outcomes:  At the conclusion of the session, attendees will be able to:

  1.  Demonstrate knowledge of payment mechanisms for dietitian services & how public policy impacts those mechanisms.    
  2.  Correctly identify current federal and state laws/issues of concern to dietitians.  
  3.  Utilize the health insurance/public policy resources at eatright.org, eatrightiowa.org, and the Iowa legislative website.


Speaker Bio:  Carrie Leiran MS, RDN, LD, CEDRD

After graduating from Iowa State University,  Carrie gained non-profit experience as an international cast member of “Up With People”. Her love for helping others has led to co-founding  non-profit organizations, most recently the Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa.  As EDCI’s Board President and Co-Founder, she remains active assisting Iowan’s by speaking at and coordinating outreach events as well as connecting parents, patients and professionals across the state of Iowa.

Carrie has over 30-plus years as a registered dietitian, most recently serving fifteen years in the outpatient setting for the Nutrition Centre at UnityPoint Health- Des Moines. Part of Carrie’s career included working for eight years in the former inpatient Eating Disorder Unit for UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. Today she is a sought after nutrition therapist in the field of eating disorders and sees 20-30 patients a week. Given issues of reimbursement and a passion for public policy, Carrie serves as the Co-Chair of the Reimbursement Issues for the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Speaker Bio:  Susie Roberts, RDN, LD, MS, CWPD

Dream it! Achieve it! Succeed in Health.  That is the motto of Susie Roberts, a steadfast believer in and promoter of health and well-being. Susie earned her B.S. degree in Dietetics and completed her Internship through Iowa State University in 2016. While in school, Susie worked as a health coach for a local business; participated in the Student Dietetic Association and The Diabetic Education Club; and, volunteered for the Wellness and Independence through Nutrition program, a local food bank, Food at First, and Junior Achievement. Susie fulfilled the Internship at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, where she honed her MNT skills which has been invaluable for her current position as a clinical dietitian at the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics.

Susie’s career began in business as the Employee Benefits Manager at a trucking firm, followed by a move into the group insurance industry, assisting companies with analyzing their health insurance expenses. Here she discovered that millions of dollars were spent on lifestyle-related (and preventable) claims. Seeing costs rapidly rise year after year, her interests turned towards prevention. Susie then entered the worksite health promotion arena, where she developed customized wellness solutions for businesses.

In 2013, the opportunity to pursue a two-decade old dream of becoming a dietitian presented itself. With encouragement from friends and family, Susie made the decision to return to school, a life-altering move allowing her to finally follow her passion of making the complexities of nutrition more understandable. That’s why she started her own small business: DASH Coaching & Consulting Solutions, with the goal of helping individuals Dream, Achieve, and Succeed in Health. She is carrying her enthusiasm a step further today, sharing her knowledge and experience by educating fellow dietitians on how insurance works and why it’s important to advocate for our profession.

Level 2 l Learning Needs Codes 1080, 7170, 7180


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