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 […]

Upcoming FNCE Late-Breaking Poster Abstract Submission Deadline

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is accepting abstracts for its late-breaking FNCE deadline through 5/31 at 6 PM ET. They may fall under 3 possible categories: research abstracts, project and program report abstracts, or future practice abstracts. If accepted, the abstract will also be printed in a September JAND supplement. Also, primary authors of […]

Comment Opportunity for White House Nutrition Conference

We are pleased to share good news that the White House will hold its 2nd White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health this September (with the first being held back in 1969). Funded through the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act, this convening will aim to accelerate progress to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, […]

Advisory Committee Member Presenting at Today’s Dietitian Symposium

MQii Advisory Committee member Valaree Williams will present during the 2022 Today’s Dietitian Symposium, on May 24 in Bonita Springs, FL. Her presentation will be titled, “In It for the Long Haul: The Far-Reaching Impacts of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment on Nutrition Care.” We encourage any of you who will attend the symposium to listen […]

Proceedings from Recent MQii Roundtable Event

Together with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and National Minority Quality Forum, Avalere co-hosted a multi-stakeholder roundtable in March. Participants including 24 leaders and experts in healthcare and community health came together for this event titled “Advancing Health Equity Through Malnutrition Quality Measurement,” to discuss connections between health equity, hospital malnutrition care, and food […]

Global Malnutrition Composite Score Included in IPPS Proposed Rule

We are pleased to share that the Global Malnutrition Composite Score—which is comprised of 4 individual measures on which many of our Learning Collaborative members have been reporting for many years—has been proposed for inclusion in the Hospital IQR Program via the FY 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule (see p. 1142). You […]

Recent ASPEN Webinar About Nutrition Implications of Long-COVID

ASPEN recently offered a webinar titled, “Nutrition Implications of Long COVID,” and the recording is now freely available online. The expert medical presenters reviewed the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and nutrition complications of long COVID; examined the role of nutritional supplements in the prevention and treatment of long COVID; and explained the nutritional components of persistent inflammation, […]

New Articles About Malnutrition Quality Improvement in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Members of the MQii leadership team have recently published 2 papers about the importance of nutrition-focused quality improvement programs in skilled nursing facilities: “The Case for Malnutrition Quality Measures and Nutrition-Focused Quality Improvement Programs (QIPs) in US Skilled Nursing Facilities“ “Prevalence Rates and Characteristics of Malnutrition, Frailty, and Other Nutrition and Muscle Mass-Related Conditions Document […]

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