RECORDED WEBINAR: Assessing Medical Necessity of Diet Restriction





Assessing Medical Necessity of Diet Restriction

Original Presentation

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CPEU Certificate Expires 9/18/2021

BHN Member:  $10 (discount applied at checkout)
Non-Member: $25

Presented By:

Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, CDN


This webinar will equip clinicians with the fact base required to differentiate between medically appropriate and medically inappropriate diet restrictions.  Specific emphasis will be placed on an overview of adverse food reactions and challenges of assessing food tolerance and normalizing eating habits.  Patients and clients who present with restrictive diets will often subjectively report “food sensitivities” as a rationale—and these may or may not be medically necessary.  As application, gastrointestinal complications associated with disordered eating will be presented and how these can impact food tolerance in ways that may impede recovery.


  1. Differentiate between evidence-based food allergy/intolerance assays and non-evidence-based ones toward evaluating the medical necessity of patient’s diet restriction
  2. Devise nutrition interventions that enable patients who have a medically necessary diet restriction to consume the most liberalized diet they can tolerate
  3. Describe common gastrointestinal complications experienced by patients with disordered eating and their impact on food tolerance

CPE level:  2 – General knowledge of literature and professional practice in areas covered.

Learning Needs: 

3020     Assessment of target groups/populations

5220     Gastrointestinal disorders

5110     Allergies/Sensitivities

5200     Disordered eating


Suggested Performance Indicators:

4.2 Reflects, integrates and evaluates using critical thinking when faced with problems, issues and challenges.

6.2 Demonstrates skills in researching, independent critical examination and evaluating literature to influence practice.

8.1 Interprets and applies current food and nutrition science and principles in dietetics practice.

10.2 Implements the Nutrition Care Process to ensure individual health goals are established, monitored and achieved while adhering to the Standards of Practice in Nutrition Care for RDNs

Speaker Biography:

I am a registered dietitian and nationally-known expert in digestive health and medical nutrition therapy for gastrointestinal diseases.  My NYC practice, East River Gastroenterology & Nutrition, is known for its expertise in functional bowel disorders and specialized diagnostics. In medical/academic circles, I’m a frequent lecturer on topics pertaining to digestive health, both in person and via online webinars.  I’ll be presenting at FNCE this year on the topic of Assessing Abdominal Bloating.  I serve as a preceptor for the DI program at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and was awarded my region’s Outstanding Preceptor Award in 2017 by the Academy Foundation. I hold a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University.