Update About MQii Learning Collaborative Data Collection

The MQii leadership team has decided to pause data collection and performance report generation for Tier 1 members (i.e., data-sharing members) in 2023. We will instead devote that time to developing materials and hosting trainings/webinars about the GMCS for both the RDN audience as well as other stakeholder audiences (e.g., hospital administrators). You can see […]

Recent JAND Feature on the MQii

We are pleased to share that the President’s Page in the August issue of JAND featured the MQii. This article includes a brief summary of the latest information about the GMCS and links to additional resources. You can also read more about the MQii, including the work of several Learning Collaborative members, in the October […]

MQii Learning Collaborative Members Featured in Recent Podcasts

We are pleased to share that a couple of MQii Learning Collaborative and Advisory Committee members were featured in podcasts with the Dietitians in Nutrition Support podcast over the last few months. Ashley Depriest from Wellstar was interviewed on 8/22 and Melissa Maxim from Bon Secours was interviewed on 7/11. Further, recorded podcasts with Advisory […]

Resources from Recent ASPEN Webinar About GMCS

A recording of the 10/19 ASPEN-hosted webinar is now available online. To learn more about how the measure can be implemented in the hospital setting and why this can be valuable to your care teams, we encourage you to view the recording and related handout and slides.

New Malnutrition-Focused JAND Supplement

We are pleased to share that we have recently published an entire JAND supplement, titled, “Measuring Malnutrition and Food Insecurity to Facilitate Quality Care and Health Equity.” that is focused on malnutrition and the Global Malnutrition Composite Score in particular. Many of these articles are written by members of the MQii leadership team and reflect […]

Learning Collaborative Member Jennifer Wills Selected for MAP Hospital Workgroup

Congratulations to Learning Collaborative member Jennifer Wills-Gallagher, MPPA, RD, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for being selected to serve as a voting member on the 2022–2023 Measure Application Partnership Hospital Workgroup. The workgroup was convened by the National Quality Forum on behalf of CMS to provide input related to selection and […]

New CME Course by Learning Collaborative Member Memorial Hermann

Congratulations to our long-time Learning Collaborative member, Memorial Hermann, for developing and publishing a new CME course, “The Missing Factor of Quality Outcomes: Managing Nutrition Risk.” The course will be presented live on 9/20 at 10 AM ET and a recording will then be made available for people to complete on their own in the […]

New FRAC CME Course Featuring MQii Improvement Activity

The Food Research & Action Center has published its updated, free online course to help frontline health workers identify and address food insecurity. Screen & Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults is a 5-module course designed for healthcare providers and other stakeholders who work with adults ages 50 and above. The MQii team provided information […]

GMCS Included in NQF’s Updated List of Key Rural Quality Measures

The National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Rural Health Advisory Group, under its Measure Application Partnership, has included the Global Malnutrition Composite Score (GMCS) in its “2022 Key Rural Measures: An Updated List of Measures to Advance Rural Health Priorities” under its Health Equity category. CMS had tasked NQF with updating this list of quality measures based […]

Global Malnutrition Composite Score Soon Available for 2024 Hospital Reporting

We are thrilled to share that CMS’s proposal to include the Global Malnutrition Composite Score (GMCS), developed by Avalere and stewarded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program has been finalized. Therefore, the GMCS will be offered as 1 of the 3 electronic clinical quality measures available for […]

Opportunity to Comment on AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Review of Nutrition and Cancer

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently published a draft Comparative Effectiveness Review, intended to inform the recent Pathways to Prevention Workshop titled, “Nutrition as Prevention for Improved Cancer Health.” Such AHRQ reports are intended to help healthcare decision makers—patients and clinicians, health system leaders, and policymakers, among others—make well-informed decisions and thereby […]

Upcoming Webinar About Implementing NFPEs in Practice

OneOp (formerly known as the Military Families Learning Network) will host a webinar titled, “Incorporating Nutrition-Focused Physical Exams into Practice,” on July 28. The nutrition focused physical exam (NFPE) is a key component of a dietitian’s assessment and helps identify patients with malnutrition (or at risk) and with potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This webinar […]

Upcoming NIH Workshop Series Focused on Nutrition as Prevention

The NIH National Cancer Institute will host a virtual, 3-day workshop series beginning on July 26 focused on “Nutrition as Prevention for Improved Cancer Health Outcomes” for the “Pathway to Prevention Program.” Guided by questions such how nutritional interventions before cancer treatment prevent negative treatment outcomes and the evidence needed needed to make the business […]

Upcoming “Wild Week of Webinars” Covering Malnutrition

Dietitians on Demand will feature presentations on malnutrition (among other topics) during its upcoming “Wild Week of Webinars” in September. In addition to presentations on “Malnutrition Documentation Best Practices” and “Tackling the Triple Threat: Malnutrition, Sarcopenia, and Frailty,” MQii Advisory Committee member Dr. Paul Wischmeyer will present about “Overcoming Challenges to Enteral Nutrition Delivery” on […]

New NIH Nutrition Research Funding Opportunities

Last week, the NIH released a Notice of Special Interest titled “Stimulating Research to Understand and Address Hunger, Food and Nutrition Insecurity,” which solicits research applications to address hunger, food, and nutrition insecurity. Many of these opportunities (and especially those focused on development and testing of interventions and innovative programs) may be of interest for […]

New Measure Specifications Manual

Based on work to refine the Global Malnutrition Composite Score over the past year, we have developed a new specifications manual for this quality measure and it was published in early June. It can also be found on our “Measurement and Data” page. This manual provides background information and references, numerator and denominator, exclusions, data […]

Recent Article About Managing In-Hospital Malnutrition

A recent review article about managing hospital among inpatients was published in The Lancet. In “Management of disease-related malnutrition for patients being treated in hospital,” Schuetz et al. presented an overview of the latest knowledge about the burden of malnutrition; gaps in knowledge about diagnostic criteria, definitions, and means of identification; interventions to address it […]

New Publication About COVID-19 and Malnutrition

A recent article in Nutrients, titled “Malnutrition Increases Hospital Length of Stay and Mortality among Adult Inpatients with COVID-19,” provided the first data showing poorer health outcomes among malnourished patients with COVID-19 . Analyzing data from 4,311 patients in Johns Hopkins-affiliated hospitals, the authors aimed to determine if malnutrition is an independent risk factor for […]

Upcoming Webinar About Global Malnutrition Composite Score

The International Council on Active Aging will host a webinar titled, “Advocating for older adult nutrition and quality measurement,” on June 8. This webinar will share background information on the burden of malnutrition among older adults and opportunities to improve measurement of care quality to improve their health outcomes. This webinar will be presented by […]