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Christina Badaracco

Christina Badaracco advises clients on quality landscape developments, healthcare quality improvement, and performance measurement.

As a registered dietitian with experience in nutrition support, education, and counseling as well as program design and evaluation, she applies her research and clinical expertise to support a broad range of life sciences projects for Avalere’s Center for Healthcare Transformation.

Prior to joining Avalere, Christina was a research consultant at The Lexicon of Sustainability, where she developed and analyzed a survey of leaders in the food-is-medicine movement to identify gaps and emerging opportunities for further elevating the role of food and nutrition in healthcare. Her extensive writing about nutrition, agriculture, and healthy cooking has included a book about the farm bill and four cookbooks for the Transamerica Institute. She completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, including an elective rotation with the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Culinary Institute of America to survey Boston’s many teaching kitchens. She also regularly teaches patients, medical students, and the public about nutrition and healthy cooking.

Christina has an MPH in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University.

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In the recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule for the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, CMS proposed to include an Avalere-submitted malnutrition-focused improvement activity (IA) in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Tune into another episode of Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment of our Disease Education series, experts from our Center for Healthcare Transformation discuss the burden of malnutrition on our healthcare system and how an Avalere-led quality improvement initiative has helped systems across the country improve malnutrition identification and treatment.

Tune into another episode of Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment of our Disease Education series, experts from our Center for Healthcare Transformation discuss the burden of malnutrition on our healthcare system and how an Avalere-led quality improvement initiative has helped systems across the country improve malnutrition identification and treatment.

Avalere was pleased to partner with the nutrition community to develop and test the Global Malnutrition Composite Score, which has now received conditional support from the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP)—pending endorsement by the National Quality Forum (NQF)—for inclusion in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program.

Tune into another episode of Avalere’s Journal Club Review podcast series on Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment, our experts discuss the findings, themes, and relevant application of a study comparing taste-focused and health-focused food labels and how they affect consumption.

Amid the continuing pandemic and calls for healthcare reform, the new administration seeks to confront the myriad public health issues facing our country today.

Tune into another episode of Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment, we are joined by experts from nutrition service organizations to discuss the impact of medically tailored meals (MTM) on health outcomes and healthcare costs, and future opportunities to expand their reach through health insurance plans.

On November 3, the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics published an article entitled “Implementation Science in Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice: Considerations for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,” co-authored by Christina Badaracco.

Tune into our third episode in the Avalere Health Essential Voice podcast series focused on social determinants of health (SDOH). In this segment, our expert from Avalere’s Center for Healthcare Transformation is joined by officials from the Washington State Department of Health to discuss public health programs focused on maternal and child health, and how these programs relate to healthcare access and health outcomes.

With fewer eligible Americans participating in WIC, increased risk of food insecurity and decreased access to quality healthcare may place a greater burden on our healthcare system. The COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbates the challenges of vulnerable populations in access to food resources and routine and acute care.

Tune into our first episode of the Avalere Health Essential Voice: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) series. In this segment, Avalere experts from the Center for Healthcare Transformation and the Health Plans and Providers practice set the stage for how stakeholders are defining SDOH and the impacts of SDOH on health outcomes, specifically when addressing social risks and needs.

Though Americans have been encouraged to physically distance themselves to minimize transmission of COVID-19, individuals who are homeless or living in institutional settings may not be able to adhere to these guidelines, putting them at higher risk of contracting and transmitting the virus.

Citing alarming statistics that nearly 1 of every 2 older Americans is at risk of malnutrition and that disease-associated malnutrition in older adults is estimated to cost nearly $53 billion annually, a broad group of advocates has presented a updated roadmap for a continuing national effort to help millions of Americans who suffer from malnutrition or could be at risk as they age. The expected rising incidence of malnutrition amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic makes it even more critical to advance solutions across all points of care.

The growing prevalence and disparities in chronic diseases necessitate that health plans address food insecurity to improve patient outcomes. The combination of increasing need for access to healthy food and changes in the health policy and insurance landscape create opportunities to address food insecurity through a variety of payers.

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.

The rapid expansion of artificial intelligence (AI) across healthcare holds the promise of dramatically altering not only diagnosis and treatment but also research, risk assessment, drug development, care management, and even insurance and payment systems.

Various national and local health policies aim to address food insecurity through both healthcare and community-based programs.

A wide variety of health plans, provider networks, and national corporations have recently developed and announced innovations and strategies to expand access to healthcare and to address needs that promote health across communities.