Quick Start Guide
for Quality Improvement and Reporting on the Global Malnutrition Composite Score (GMCS) Measure
Reporting on the GMCS measure is a 2-step process. STEP 1 is implementing malnutrition quality improvement (QI). If your hospital is already implementing malnutrition QI, then jump to STEP 2 and prepare your electronic health record (EHR) for GMCS data collection, monitoring, and reporting.
Malnutrition QI helps identify gaps and implement improvements in your hospital’s nutrition care process to support better patient and healthcare outcomes. The nutrition care process is the basis for the 4 components of GMCS:
Connect with your hospital’s quality improvement department or manager to assess your hospital’s malnutrition care processes and compare to the standard nutrition care process workflow.
Working with your hospital quality improvement department will help with workflow assessment and QI implementation.
Identify and prioritize your top areas for malnutrition care process and documentation improvement.
Example areas include improving the hospital malnutrition screening processes to identify patients at risk for malnutrition within 24 hours of admission or appropriate documentation of all malnutrition diagnoses in the electronic health record (EHR).
Work with your hospital quality improvement department or manager to plan for GMCS reporting.
Hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program can report on the GMCS starting in 2024.
Reporting on the GMCS will be voluntary in 2024. Continuing to keep your hospital quality improvement department or manager engaged in your malnutrition QI work and GMCS data collection and monitoring will help prioritize the opportunity for GMCS reporting. Use the PowerPoint presentation below to educate your colleagues about this important opportunity.
Download and present these PowerPoint slides to your colleagues (e.g., hospital administrators, fellow clinicians) to share the GMCS reporting opportunity with them. For help determining which slides are recommended for which audience, see this version of the PowerPoint
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.