Overview of Key Findings
- In 2016, 21.8% of the fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare population resided in a rural county, but only 3.7% of enrollees residing in a county with utilization of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) services were rural county residents.
- Utilization of MNT services in 2016 occurred in 92 rural counties and 388 urban counties.
- Average utilization rates of MNT services were greater in rural counties than urban counties (3.1% vs. 1.9%).
This project was supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement # U1CRH30041.
Rhudy, Christian; Shin, Eugene; and Talbert, Jeffery C., "Rural/Urban Disparities in Utilization of Medical Nutrition Therapy to the Fee-for-Service Medicare Population" (2020). Rural & Underserved Health Research Center Publications. 13.