Elevating Malnutrition Care Coordination for Successful Patient Transitions

      In 2013, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics entered into a joint project with Avalere Health to improve quality of care in the United States health care systems by recognizing the unaddressed areas of malnutrition. Avalere Health, an Inovalon Company, is a strategic advisory company whose core purpose is to create innovative solutions to complex health care problems. Together the Academy and Avalere Health embarked on a collaborative journey to advance high-quality, patient-centered care for those malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. Based on the results of subsequent literature reviews, landscape assessments, engagements with key stakeholders, best practices research, and guidance through key technical expert and advisory roles, the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) was established in 2015. Support for MQii is provided by Abbott. Objectives include the following:
      • create and advance adoption of malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) “that matter”;
      • improve effectiveness and timeliness of malnutrition care through an interprofessional toolkit;
      • support availability of tools that can be integrated into electronic health record systems to improve care quality.
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