The Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) is a multi-year effort that began in 2013 when a variety of stakeholder organizations began to highlight gaps in existing malnutrition care and the impact of these gaps on patient outcomes. Based on the results of subsequent literature reviews, landscape assessments, engagements with key stakeholders, and best practices research, the MQii was established in partnership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Avalere Health, and other stakeholders providing guidance through key technical expert and advisory roles. This initiative seeks to advance evidence-based, high-quality patient-driven care for hospitalized adults who are malnourished or at risk for malnutrition.
The MQii Toolkit provides practical resources to enable healthcare institutions to achieve optimal nutrition standards of care
Data reported from eCQMs will help healthcare institutions demonstrate their success in meeting the standards of care
The MQii is based on the dual-pronged approach of malnutrition-focused electronic clinical quality measures and a quality improvement toolkit to help identify and manage malnourished adult patients.
Support healthcare institutions in achieving malnutrition standards of care through use of an interdisciplinary, evidence-based malnutrition quality improvement toolkit and a set of malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures.
Advance adoption of malnutrition best practices at healthcare institutions through a nationwide MQii Learning Collaborative with the goal of improving outcomes that are important to patients and clinicians.
Improve nutrition risk identification and care as patients transition across care settings--for example, through integration into existing care transition pathways and accountable care models.
MQii Stakeholders and Collaborators
The Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) is a project of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Avalere, and other stakeholders who provided guidance and expertise through a collaborative partnership. Support for the MQii is provided by Abbott.
Guidance for the MQii was previously provided by an Advisory Committee. The MQii greatly appreciates their contributions.
The MQii Learning Collaborative was established in 2016 through a partnership between the Academy and Avalere. Learning Collaborative participants undertook a data-driven, patient-centered, malnutrition quality improvement project at their respective institutions using a best practices Toolkit and were encouraged to use malnutrition eCQMs to track and monitor improvement. These partnerships led to the development and testing of the Global Malnutrition Composite Score. The MQii appreciates the collaboration of clinical nutrition managers and their hospitals towards this milestone. In 2023 and beyond, the MQii is broadening access to Learning Collaborative resources to other healthcare stakeholders, while still retaining the Learning Collaborative’s purpose for advancing malnutrition care quality.
The design and implementation of the MQii are based on several guiding principles. The guiding principles provide a snapshot of the overall intention of the MQii and should be used as a reference as sites employ different approaches to support the uptake of the clinical workflow and other components of the toolkit. Learn more
MQii Press and Publications
The MQii Leadership Team and Learning Collaborative members have disseminated important findings based on our research for many years. You can view this full list of press and publications, organized by year, to see all of our articles, videos, podcasts, and more.
Resources to support you and your colleagues in caring for patients experiencing or at risk for malnutrition throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
These materials were developed by the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii), a project of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Avalere, and other stakeholders who provided guidance and expertise through a collaborative partnership. Support provided by Abbott.