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MAR 4
March Issue Brief
To accelerate adoption of nutrition protocols in hospitals, Illinois-based Advocate Health Care (AHC) is undertaking a major study to demonstrate how nutrition protocols can reduce both patients' readmission rates and costs in the hospital, a goal for all U.S. hospitals. READ MORE PDF(848 KB).
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MAR 4
Advocate Health Care Launches Real World Nutrition Intervention Trial
Announced in Q4 last year, the study will follow patients in real time from admission through 30 days after discharge to determine the impact rapid nutritional intervention has on decreasing 30-day readmission rates. READ MORE.
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NOV 1
November Issue Brief
A new paper published in the August 2014 edition of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences estimates that “one-quarter to one-half of patients admitted to hospitals each year are malnourished” in emerging and developed nations, affecting patients regardless of geography, age or perceived health. READ MORE PDF(731 KB).
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NOV 1
New Report Details Consensus from Global Malnutrition Conference
Summarizing the outcomes of an international conference held in Washington, DC in March 2014, a new paper published in the August 2014 edition of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences highlights the potential for nutrition interventions to provide cost-effective preventive care and improve health outcomes. READ MORE.
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OCT 1
October Issue Brief
A new study published in the September issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine finds that 60 percent of older adults admitted to the emergency department at UNC Health Care were either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. Additionally, more than two-thirds of those individuals denied previously receiving a diagnosis of malnutrition. READ MORE PDF(508 KB).
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OCT 1
Study: 60% of Seniors Admitted to the Emergency Department Either Malnourished or At Risk of Malnutrition
Adding to the mounting evidence substantiating the high prevalence of malnutrition in older adults, a new study published in the September issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine finds that 60 percent of older adults admitted to the emergency department at UNC Health Care were either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. READ MORE.
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AUG 27
August Issue Brief
Marking the one-year anniversary of the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, a first-year progress report finds growing recognition of hospital-based malnutrition in the U.S. and a greater focus on instituting effective nutrition practices in hospitals. READ MORE PDF(1.1 MB).
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AUG 27
Alliance Charts Progress in Addressing Hospital Malnutrition
At a time when one in three Americans is malnourished upon admission to the hospital, a new report issued August 13, 2014 finds growing recognition of this pervasive public health problem and a greater focus on instituting effective nutrition practices in hospitals. READ MORE.
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AUG 13
Alleviating Hospital-based Malnutrition: A baseline Progress Report
Since the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) landmark reports, To Err Is Human (2000) and Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001), revealed widespread incidence of medical errors in U.S. hospitals, an intensified effort has been underway to improve the quality and safety of patient care. READ MORE.
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JULY 23
July Issue Brief
Learn about improving the ordering of therapeutic diets in hospitals. A new rule issued by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides the flexibility hospitals need to grant privileges to qualified dietitians and nutrition professionals. READ MORE PDF(592 KB).
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JULY 23
CMS Publishes Final Rule Improving the Ordering of Therapeutic Diets in Hospitals
A new rule issued May 7 by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will drive improvement in the treatment of malnourished hospitalized patients by allowing qualified registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to order pa-tient diets without the supervision or approval of a physician or other practitioner, if permitted to do so under state law. READ MORE.
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JUNE 19
June Issue Brief
Learn about new evidence that oral nutritional supplements (ONS) improve the outcomes of hospitalized Medicare patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). READ MORE PDF(492 KB).
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JUNE 19
Oral Nutritional Supplements Improve Outcomes for Patients with COPD
Recent data presented June 3 in a poster session at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 19th Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec provides new evidence that oral nutritional supplements (ONS) is effective in reducing length of stay (LOS), hospital costs and risk of readmission in Medicare patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). READ MORE.
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JUNE 3
The Impact of Oral Nutritional Supplementation in Medicare Patients With COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of death and disability in the US. Due to its progressive nature and high prevalence, COPD imposes a considerable burden on Medicare and will be important to reimbursement under the Affordable Care Act. READ MORE PDF(38.3 KB).
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MAY 15
May Issue Brief
Hospital Malnutrition News: Inadequate Diagnosis of Malnutrition Documented; Upcoming Town Hall on Best Practices. READ MORE PDF(267 KB).
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MAY 15
Study Finds Only 3.2% of Hospital Patients Coded with Malnutrition
Although numerous studies find that malnutrition is present in between 33% - 50% hospitalized patients, recent research published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition finds only 3.2 percent of all U.S. hospital patients were coded with a diagnosis of malnutrition in 2010. READ MORE
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APR 15
April Issue Brief
Learn about the impact of oral nutritional supplements on readmissions, new resources for HCPs and the nursing perspective on nutrition in this month’s Issue Brief. READ MORE PDF(277 KB).
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APR 15
Research Confirms Value of Oral Nutritional Supplements in Improving Hospital Outcomes
Because nearly one in five Medicare patients is readmitted within 30 days of hospital discharge at an estimated annual cost of $26 billion, new rules under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) apply a “stick” approach to reduce this cost burden. READ MORE
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MAR 11
Hospitals put nutrition on the front burner
Half of malnourished inpatients go undiagnosed. Paying attention to what and how all patients eat can improve outcomes and lower costs. READ MORE
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MAR 18
Op-Ed: Is Nutrition the First Step in Addressing Hospital Readmissions?
A fresh look at how nutrition is being prescribed in the hospital may yield a simple solution, leading to both decreased hospital costs and improved patient care. READ MORE
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Download the Alliance Nutrition Toolkit. It’s filled with easy-to-use resources that will help you connect and recognize the symptoms of malnutrition and identify ways to implement a nutrition program. The toolkit also includes helpful patient education handouts. mal-home-get-inspired-hosp-img.jpg
DISCOVER COURSES TO ELEVATE YOUR NUTRITION KNOWLEDGE
These resources offer evidence-based nutrition education for healthcare professionals.  Learn more about the hidden impact of malnutrition in your hospital – and the positive outcomes, such as reduced lengths of stay and fewer readmissions, that result from incorporating nutrition best practices across the entire continuum of patient care!

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