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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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).
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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.
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MAY 15
May Issue Brief
Hospital Malnutrition News: Inadequate Diagnosis of Malnutrition Documented; Upcoming Town Hall on Best Practices.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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NOV 19
Better Patient Nutrition May Mean Fewer Medicare Readmissions
Healthcare Finance News spoke with Kelley Tappenden, PhD, RD about how nutrition nutritional screenings can likely improve Medicare readmission rates by decreasing malnutrition.
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NOV 15
ACA Medicare Reimbursement Policies: Why Nutrition Intervention Must Be Prioritized
As key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are fully implemented, particularly Medicare reimbursement policies, hospitals are exploring an array of measures to improve patient outcomes and reduce readmissions in order to be compliant with these new regulations.
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NOV 1
Reduced Readmissions – In a Bottle?
HealthLeaders spoke with Kelley Tappenden, PhD, RD about new research that suggests healthcare organizations can lower readmissions and improve patient care significantly through better patient nutrition.
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NOV 1
The Important Role Physicians Can Play in Combating Hospital Malnutrition
With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an urgent emphasis is being placed on improving quality of care and reducing costs. This creates a unique opportunity for physicians, along with other hospital clinicians, to elevate the role nutrition plays in enhancing health outcomes for patients.
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OCT 29
HFMA: Hospital Nutrition Program Supports Efficient and Effective Care
Ainsley Malone, M.S., R.D. authored an article for the Healthcare Financial Management Association informing healthcare providers that they can increase identification of malnourished patients by 30 percent, which can improve quality of care and reduce costs, with the use of a reliable screening tool.
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OCT 18
New Study Demonstrates Importance of Oral Nutritional Supplements in Helping Hospitals Achieve Medicare Readmission Reduction Requirements
A new study conducted by leading researchers at University of Southern California, Stanford University, The Harris School at The University of Chicago and Precision Health Economics, and supported by Abbott, found that the use of oral nutritional supplements decreased the probability of 30-day hospital readmission, length of stay and costs among hospitalized Medicare patients aged 65 and over.
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OCT 15
Dietitians Critical Role in Leading Nutrition Intervention in the Hospital
The value of proper nutrition in the hospital setting has never been higher. With a spotlight on improving quality of care and reducing readmissions rates, now is the time for hospitals to focus on preventable conditions such as malnutrition.
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OCT 8
Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition Educates Attendees about Patient Malnutrition Issues at 2013 AMSN Convention
The 22nd Annual AMSN Convention was a great success. Both the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition booth and general session presentation were very well received, with more than 200 AMSN members stopping by the booth, and more than 750 attending the Alliance presentation titled, "Improve Patient Outcomes by Identifying and Addressing Malnutrition through an Inter-disciplinary Approach."
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OCT 1
A Practical Guide for Nurses to Combat Hospital Malnutrition
Recently, the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition published a consensus paper that outlined a series of pragmatic recommendations for how hospitals can implement an effective Nutrition Care Model, and specific steps that nurses can take to drive institutional change in their hospitals.
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AUG 26
Food & Nutrition magazine: It Takes a Village to Fight Clinical Malnutrition
Food & Nutrition spoke with Ainsley Malone, M.S., R.D. about the prevalence of malnutrition and how to address the issue.
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AUG 2
NurseZone.com: ‘Most Wired’ Hospitals Transforming Nursing and Patient Care
NurseZone.com interviewed Beth Quatrara regarding embedding a validated nutrition-screening tool into admission processes.
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JUL 14
Fox News: How Malnourished Americans Cost Taxpayers Money
Fox News spoke with Kelly Tappenden, PhD, about the prevalence of malnutrition and how to address the issue.
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JUL 9
Becker's Hospital Review: Patient Safety Tool: Nutrition Toolkit for Healthcare Providers
Becker's Hospital Review focused on the Alliance’s Nutrition Care Model and Toolkit available on Malnutrition.com.
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JUL 2
The Hospitalist: Nutritional Intervention Can Improve Hospital Patients' Outcome, Reduce Costs
The Hospitalist spoke with Dr. Melissa Parkhurst, Kelly Tappenden and Beth Quatrara, about the launch of the Alliance and the steps clinicians can take to address hospital malnutrition.
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JUL 2
The Hospitalist: SHM Allies with Leading Health Care Groups to Advance Hospital Patient Nutrition
This article focuses on the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM) involvement in the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition.
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JUN 27
Healthcare Finance News: Patient Nutrition Focus of New Alliance
Healthcare Finance News spoke with Beth Quatrara, Kelly Tappenden and Gary Fanjiang about the launch of the Alliance and the steps clinicians can take to address hospital malnutrition.
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JUN 24
Healthcare Business and Technology: Patient Malnutrition an Undertreated Problem in Hospitals
Healthcare Business and Technology focused on the six principles of the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition’s novel Nutrition Care Model.
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JUN 17
Hospitalist News: Fighting to End Malnutrition in the Hospital
Hospitalist News published a Q&A with Dr. Melissa Parkhurst regarding prevalence of hospital malnutrition and the steps clinicians can take to improve patient outcomes.
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JUN 10
Advance for Nurses: The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition Releases Nutrition Care Model
Advance for Nurses covered the launch of the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition’s novel Nutrition Care Model.
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JUN 06
HealthLeaders: Malnutrition, Long Neglected, Needs Doctors’ Attention
HealthLeaders interviewed Dr. Melissa Parkhurst for the launch of the Nutrition Care Model.
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JUN 04
Becker’s Hospital Review: 6 Steps to Combating Malnutrition in the Hospital
Becker’s Hospital Review focused on six steps of the Alliance’s Nutrition Care Model.
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JUN 04
The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition Releases Nutrition Care Model to Improve Patient Outcomes
Presented in a joint consensus paper, the model offers practical ways in which registered dietitian nutritionists, nurses, hospitalists, physicians and other hospital clinicians can collaborate to promptly diagnose and treat malnourished patients and those at risk for malnutrition.
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MAY 28
Our Critical Mission: Addressing Malnutrition in Hospitalized Patients
With the U.S. healthcare system in the midst of significant changes, the value of nutrition has never been higher, yet it is often overlooked and undervalued. Clinicians must come together now to address this critical health challenge.
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MAY 14
Advance for Nurses: Med/Surg Nurses Help Launch 'Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition'
Advance for Nurses covered the launch of the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition and put the spotlight on the role of nurses in improving outcomes in hospitalized patients through nutrition intervention.
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MAY 14
Becker’s Hospital Review: 5 Organizations Form Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition
Becker’s Hospital Review focused on three recommended steps to prevent and treat malnutrition in hospitals during the launch of the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition.
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MAY 14
Fierce Healthcare: New Provider Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition
Fierce Healthcare covered the launch of the Alliance and focused on the five organizations that came together to form the Alliance.
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MAY 13
Leading Healthcare Organizations Launch Interdisciplinary Partnership: The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition
Five prestigious healthcare organizations jointly announced the launch of a new interdisciplinary to improve patient outcomes through nutrition intervention in the hospital.
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MAY 08
Nurses Can Play a Key Role in Creating Better Nutrition Practices in their Hospitals
As a nurse, I know I am in a position to provide better nutritional care that will improve my patient’s outcomes. I have seen firsthand the devastating effect that malnutrition can have on patients’ health. It can delay recovery, increase complications and extend length of stay. These outcomes are preventable through early nutritional intervention.
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MAY 07
A Stronger Focus on Patient Nutrition is Needed in Today’s Healthcare Landscape
The healthcare landscape in the United States is rapidly changing. From the aging population to widespread healthcare policy changes, hospitals are under pressure to increase the quality of patient care while also cutting costs. Statistics reveal that healthcare costs are exorbitant.
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MAY 06
The Critical Role Hospitalists Can Play to Combat Patient Malnutrition
Every day we witness the debilitating impact malnutrition has on our patients. With as many as one in three patients entering the hospital malnourished , physicians and other healthcare providers must understand the adverse effects malnutrition has on patient outcomes, length of stay and overall treatment costs. With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a significant and urgent emphasis is being placed upon the importance of improving quality of patient care and cutting expenditures. This creates a unique opportunity for hospitals to elevate the role nutrition plays in enhancing health outcomes for patients.
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MAY 03
Addressing Patient Malnutrition Requires Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Like many health conditions, malnutrition requires an integrated treatment approach. Yet, many hospitals across the country lack a comprehensive, collaborative and interdisciplinary treatment plan involving, nurses, physicians, dietitians and hospital administrators. Given the startling fact that as many as one in three patients enter the hospital malnourished —which can have a devastating effect on patient recovery, medical complications and health outcomes—a sustained and committed effort to instituting nutrition treatment plans that foster interdisciplinary collaboration is essential.