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All information presented and written within BeWell365.com is provided under the regulations of the State of Texas according to the scope of practice for licensed dietitians and is intended for educational/instructional purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, the medical advice or diagnoses of your physician(s) including treatment plans recommended by said physician(s).  All recommendations, suggestions, advice, counsel, guidance, direction should be fully disclosed and reviewed with your physician before implementation.

 

The regulations governing licensed dietitians in the state of Texas can be reviewed at:  https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/diet/diet.htm

 

Complaints can be submitted at:  https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/complaints/

 

A partial review of the regulations governing licensed dietitians in the State of Texas is provided below:

 

Texas Administrative Code

TITLE 16

ECONOMIC REGULATION

PART 4

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION

CHAPTER 116

DIETITIANS

SUBCHAPTER O

THE DIETETIC PROFESSION

RULE §116.141

PROVIDER OF NUTRITION SERVICES

 

(a) A person licensed by the department is designated as a health care provider of nutrition services.

(b) A licensed dietitian, acting within the scope of the dietitian's license and consistent with medical direction or authorization as provided in this section, may accept, transcribe into a patient's medical record or transmit verbal or electronically-transmitted orders, including medication orders, from a physician to other authorized health care professionals relating to the implementation or provision of medical nutrition therapy and related medical protocols for an individual patient or group of patients.

  (1) In a licensed health facility, the medical direction or authorization shall be provided, as appropriate, through a physician's order, or a standing medical order, or standing delegation order, or medical protocol issued in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 157, Subchapter A, and rules adopted by the Texas Medical Board implementing the subchapter.

  (2) In a private practice setting, the medical direction or authorization shall be provided, as appropriate, through the physician's order, standing medical order, or standing delegation order of a referring physician, in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 157, Subchapter A, and rules adopted by the Texas Medical Board implementing the subchapter.

(c) A licensed dietitian, acting within the scope of the dietitian's license and consistent with medical direction or authorization as provided in this section, may order medical laboratory tests relating to the implementation or provision of medical nutrition therapy and related medical protocols for individual patients or groups of patients.

  (1) In a licensed health facility, the medical direction or authorization shall be provided, as appropriate, through a physician's order, or a standing medical order, or standing delegation order, or medical protocol, issued in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 157, Subchapter A, and rules adopted by the Texas Medical Board implementing the subchapter.

  (2) In a private practice setting, the medical direction or authorization shall be provided through the physician's order, standing medical order, or a standing delegation order of the referring physician, in accordance with Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 157, Subchapter A, and rules adopted by the Texas Medical Board implementing the subchapter.

Source Note: The provisions of this §116.141 adopted to be effective October 1, 2016, 41 TexReg 4481; amended to be effective August 1, 2020, 45 TexReg 5185

 

 

Texas Administrative Code

TITLE 16

ECONOMIC REGULATION

PART 4

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION

CHAPTER 116

DIETITIANS

SUBCHAPTER O

THE DIETETIC PROFESSION

RULE §116.140

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

 

The profession of dietetics includes six primary areas of expertise: clinical, educational, management, consultation, community, and research; and includes without limitation the development, management, and provision of nutrition services, as follows:

  (1) planning, developing, controlling, and evaluating food service systems;

  (2) coordinating and integrating clinical and administrative aspects of dietetics to provide quality nutrition care;

  (3) establishing and maintaining standards of food production, service, sanitation, safety, and security;

  (4) planning, conducting, and evaluating educational programs relating to nutrition care;

  (5) developing menu patterns and evaluating them for nutritional adequacy;

  (6) planning layout designs and determining equipment requirements for food service facilities;

  (7) developing specifications for the procurement of food and food service equipment and supplies;

  (8) developing and implementing plans of nutrition care for individuals based on assessment of nutrition needs;

  (9) counseling individuals, families, and groups in nutrition principles, dietary plans, and food selection and economics;

  (10) communicating appropriate diet history and nutrition intervention data through medical record systems;

  (11) participating with physicians and allied health personnel as the provider of nutrition care;

  (12) planning, conducting or participating in, and interpreting, evaluating, and utilizing pertinent current research related to nutrition care;

  (13) providing consultation and nutrition care to community groups and identifying and evaluating needs to establish priorities for community nutrition programs;

  (14) publishing and evaluating technical and lay food and nutrition publications for all age, socioeconomic, and ethnic groups; and

  (15) planning, conducting, and evaluating dietary studies and participating in nutrition and epidemiologic studies with a nutrition component.

Updated 12.20.21