Quality Health Care

Nutrition services are an essential component of comprehensive high-quality health care throughout the lifecycle and must be patient-centered. Stable, sufficient and reliable funding is necessary for our health care system to provide access to crucial benefits. The Academy’s policy recommendations for quality health care include:

  • Support nutrition informatics that demonstrate return on investment for nutrition services as the implementation of the electronic health record continues to expand.
  • Advance federal, state and interstate policies facilitating the use of telehealth to provide nutrition care services, including to people living in rural and underserved areas.
  • Protect consumers by ensuring that nutrition education, counseling and interventions are delivered by qualified and competent providers.

Workforce Demand

  • Continue to support efforts that meet the health care needs of consumers, including a diverse health care workforce.
  • Provide more job opportunities for qualified nutrition professionals.

Quality Measures

  • Advance the Academy-led malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures and their inclusion in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Inpatient Quality Reporting Program.

Reimbursement

  • Support lowering health care costs through the expansion of services provided by registered dietitian nutritionists for nutrition-related chronic diseases.