Purpose and Description
CMS included a new IA focused on food insecurity and nutrition risk in its final rule for the 2022 MIPS Quality Payment Program. Activity IA_AHE_9 is titled, “Implement Food Insecurity and Nutrition Risk Identification and Treatment Protocols,” has medium weight and is available for reporting effective January 1, 2022. The IA is intended to facilitate identification and provision of appropriate support to patients with or at risk for food insecurity and patients with or at risk for poor nutritional status. (Poor nutritional status is sometimes called clinical malnutrition or undernutrition and applies to people who are overweight as well as underweight.)
CMS has indicated that actions to implement the IA may include—but are not limited to—use of Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) or other quality improvement resources and standardized screening tools to assess and improve current food insecurity and nutrition risk screening and care practices. A full description of the new IA can be found starting on page 2353 of the final rule.