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Improving Malnutrition Care Quality to Support Better Patient Outcomes

Summary

Over the past several years, Avalere has collaborated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to establish and support the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii).

The mission of the initiative is to advance evidence-based, high-quality, patient-driven care for older adults who are malnourished or at-risk for malnutrition. Through the MQii, Avalere helps hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare facilities participating in a national MQii Learning Collaborative adopt and implement malnutrition care best practices using an MQii Toolkit and a set of malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures. The Learning Collaborative currently has over 250 hospitals enrolled.

MQii’s work was recently featured in this video, and highlights how health systems like Intermountain Healthcare and the University of North Carolina Medical Center have integrated MQii resources into their patient care practices in order to:

  • Improve identification, documentation, and management of malnutrition and malnutrition risk among hospitalized patients;
  • Encourage a more interdisciplinary approach to patient care;
  • Provide tools and resources to help evaluate changes in nutrition care practices and the impact on patient outcomes; and
  • Support better malnutrition-focused transitions of care as patients leave the hospital setting.

To find out more about how MQii’s work is helping hospitals address malnutrition, view the video.

Materials for MQii were developed in partnership with Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and other stakeholders who provided guidance and expertise through a collaborative partnership.

Support for the MQii is provided by Abbott. 

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