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Avalere’s Nutrition Experts Featured in Latest Health Affairs Blog Post

Summary

On January 24, Avalere’s Christina Badaracco and Senior Advisor Wendy Everett published a piece in the Health Affairs blog highlighting the need to improve malnutrition care and provide possible pathways to a solution.

In recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created new standards to incentive patient care coordination and to hold healthcare facilities accountable for post-hospitalization patient outcomes. These new regulations stress the importance of high-quality care coordination for individuals who are transitioning across care settings, requiring providers to document nutrition interventions for those who are at high risk. Additionally, CMS has made a request for information on new measures that focus on addressing nutritional status, stating the connection between nutrition and outcomes.

From Hospital to Home: Why Nutrition Counts” features the following:

  • Data about the current state of malnutrition care
  • Research findings from interviews that were conducted to better understand the continuity of nutrition care across care settings
  • Information about national initiatives aimed at addressing malnutrition, including the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative and relevant policies
  • Five recommendations for providing optimal nutrition care to patients after hospital discharge

To learn more about Avalere’s work in this space, connect with us.

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