Registered Dietician ( Job Number: 166140 )
Kaiser Permanente - Denver, CO

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Under indirect supervision, plans, develops, & provides diet interventions, medical nutrition therapy & preventive counseling to individuals & groups in all areas of primary & specialty patient care. Collaborates & consults w/ other health professionals, integrating dietitian services w/ regional programs & departments that provide care to identified populations that can benefit from diet interventions. Makes members/patients & their needs a primary focus of one's actions; develops & sustains productive member/patient relationships. Actively seeks information to understand member/patient circumstances, problems, expectations, & needs. Builds rapport & cooperative relationship w/ members/patients. Considers how actions or plans will affect members; responds quickly to meet member/patient needs & resolves problems.

Essential Functions:
Plans & provides diet interventions, Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for patients/families referred for nutrition counseling Assesses nutritional needs, eating habits, health status, & stage of change by reviewing the medical record including relevant lab data, interviewing the patient/family & observing the patient
• Provides information for appropriate diet modification & individualized diet intervention relevant to the patient’s condition & assessment
• Incorporates preventive counseling into all patient encounters
• Assists patient to effectively integrate diet modifications into lifestyle
• Evaluates comprehension of diet instruction & motivation to adhere to diet therapy
• Follows up w/ patients/families to evaluate progress & adherence to diet therapy as appropriate or as indicated by guidelines for MNT
• Modifies diet plan as needed to ensure it’s effectiveness & provides supplemental diet counseling by telephone, mail or in person as indicated
• Provides diet teaching in-group settings to populations
• Participates in planning, implementing & evaluating group programs where diet teaching is provided & coordinates w/ other disciplines as indicated
• Documents all patient encounters, diet recommendations, patient goals & response to diet intervention in the computerized medical record
• Completes accurate ICD9 coding information on all encounters
• Applies motivational interviewing techniques & stage of change of model to all patient related communications & materials
• Speaks to groups for Practicing Prevention & Speaker’s Bureau, Provides training for professional groups & makes presentations to professionals & departments as needed
• Teaches other professionals about diet management w/ selected patient populations
• Supports appropriate diet teaching by other health professionals following defined teaching outlines
• Serves as a resource or liaison to regional programs & departments, participating as a team member in multi-disciplinary program design, implementations, & ongoing service delivery
• Collaborates & consults w/ other health professionals to provide Dietitian support to patients & professionals for nutrition related needs of selected patient populations
• Plans, develops, implements, & participates in population based strategies to provide Dietitian services to members at risk for disease or complications related to chronic illness
• Collaborates w/ team members as appropriate
• Supports compliance & Kaiser Permanent’s Code of Conduct by adhering to federal & state laws & regulations, accreditation & license requirements, by policies & procedures
• Responds appropriately to observed fraud & abuse
Basic Qualifications:
Minimum of 3 years of experience in clinical dietitian practice which may be a combination of inpatient & outpatient experience including a minimum of 2 years recent ambulatory care experience working w/ primary & specialty care patients
• Experience in using motivational strategies w/ clients
• Experience teaching to individuals & groups, to patients/families & professionals is necessary
• Bachelor’s degree in dietetics from an accredited institution & completion of an American Dietetic Association (ADA) approved clinical dietetic internship program
• Currently registered as a dietitian by the ADA
• National Provider Identifier (NPI) & Taxonomy code required at time of hire
• Excellent written & verbal communication skills
• Basic knowledge of & experience w/ using computers is necessary
• Demonstrated customer service skills, customer focus abilities & the ability to understand KP customer needs

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