Rural & Underserved Health Research Center Publications


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%).

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The information, conclusions and opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and no endorsement by FORHP, HRSA, HHS, or the University of Kentucky is intended or should be inferred.

Funding Information

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.