Julie Stefanski MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE

What if you had the potential to save your facility thousands of dollars?

A growing body of evidence is demonstrating that significant revenue is lost when malnutrition goes undiagnosed and untreated.

Up to 50% of hospitalized patients are at risk for or already have malnutrition, but only 7% actually receive a diagnosis and treatment.1,2  Malnutrition can significantly impact Medicare reimbursement and the case mix index for a facility.

Our new interdisciplinary continuing education course Malnutrition Alert! How to Improve Patient Outcomes for nurses, dietitians, and physicians is designed to help you recognize the role that protein-calorie malnutrition plays in adult morbidity and mortality and to focus on the tasks required of the interprofessional team in preventing, diagnosing, and treating malnutrition.

Written by Terese Scollard, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND, a leading expert in malnutrition, and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics work group that in 2012 designed and released the Consensus Statement on malnutrition, this course provides the guidelines you need to tackle this important condition.

Patients who are malnourished may not only have longer lengths of stay of up to 4 to 6 days, but hospital costs are on average twice as high for patients with malnutrition.2,3

Malnutrition can also lead to:

An increased risk of adverse events and complications
A 54% higher likelihood of hospital 30-day readmission4
Up to a 5 times more likely in-hospital death than a non-malnourished patient2

Prior to 2012 it was difficult to diagnose malnutrition in the past as there were no widely accepted characteristics that clinicians could use to classify this condition consistently throughout all care settings.  That all changed with the publication of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition […]