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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAY 15
May Issue Brief
Hospital Malnutrition News: Inadequate Diagnosis of Malnutrition Documented; Upcoming Town Hall on Best Practices. READ MORE.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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