Malnutrition Measures Included in CMS' Proposed Rule

04/21/2017 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services formally proposed to adopt four malnutrition-focused quality measures that were recommended by the Academy and a coalition of senior advocate and patient organizations. CMS would include these measures in its Inpatient Prospective Payment System - Public Inspection Proposed Rule for possible inclusion in future years in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

These measures, which were the focus of a September 26 Quarterly Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, are for malnutrition screening, assessment, care planning and documentation that will be includes in a future Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program.

The Academy will submit formal comments as CMS refines its proposal; members are encouraged to work through dietetic practice groups to submit input for these comments by May 31, or email Mark Rifkin.

More information about the adopted measures are available here.