Service Description

Service Description: Nutrition services for the purposes of:

  1. Conducting individual assessments in nutritional history and dietary intake, anthropometric, biochemical and clinical variables, feeding skills and feeding problems, and food habits and food preferences;
  2. Developing and monitoring appropriate plans to address the nutritional needs of eligible children based upon individual assessment; and
  3. Making referrals to appropriate community resources to achieve individual planned nutrition outcomes.

Family training, education and support provided to assist the family of a child eligible for EI services in understanding the special needs of the child as related to nutritional services and enhancing the child's development are integral to this service. Eligible child is not required to be present but may be if appropriate. May include such services as support groups, individual support and other training or education for the family.

NOTE: The need for nutrition services does not determine eligibility for the Early Intervention program.

Services must be consistent with the provider's qualifications and licensure.

Qualified Staff: System enrolled Specialist credentialed as 1) a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist or 2) Licensed Registered Nurse. (See ATTACHMENT 5: REQUIREMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL AND ASSOCIATE LEVEL EARLY INTERVENTION CREDENTIALING AND ENROLLMENT TO BILL.)

Billable Activities  Assessment, IFSP development (see DEFINITIONS section for IFSP

With Authorization development definition) and direct service. 

Do not provide services without having an authorization in hand. Services provided without a pre-approved authorization are not guaranteed for payment.


Procedure Codes Modifier Unit of Service Description Rate
97802 15 minutes Assessment - onsite $21.29
97802 15 minutes Assessment - offsite $26.27
T1023 15 minutes IFSP development $21.29
T1023 15 minutes IFSP meeting $26.27
97803 15 minutes Nutrition services - onsite $21.29
97803 15 minutes Nutrition services - offsite $26.27
97804 15 minutes Group Nutrition services (multiple families or group not to exceed 4 children) $ 5.31