12/10/2021 - Quality measures are standards for measuring the performance of healthcare providers to care for patients and populations. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), quality measures can identify important aspects of care, such as health outcomes clinical processes, patient safety, efficient use of healthcare resources, care coordination, patient engagement in their own care, patient perceptions of their care, and the health of population or community.
To promote the registered dietitian nutrition (RDN) as the nutrition expert, the Academy facilitates external quality measures and standards collaborations with members. Current quality measure and standards collaborations include:
- Julianna Bailey, MS, RD, LD, has been nominated to the National Quality Forum (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Health Equity Advisory Group. CMS partnered with NQF to review measures focusing on achieving health equity, eliminating disparities and improving health outcomes.
- Barbara Grant, MS, RDN, CSO, FAND, the Academy’s Alliance representative to the Commission on Cancer, presented the newly adopted Oncology Nutrition Standards to the American College of Surgeons and 1,500 accredited programs.
- Kimi McAdam, MS, RD, and Christopher Messenger, PhD, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, CMS Expert Work Group for the Quality ID #128: Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow-Up Plan measure.
- Nancy Walters, MMSC, RDN, LDN, FAND, who has been appointed to the American Academy of Neurology Institute’s Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Quality Measure Development Work Group, will review guidelines, measures and additional published literature pertinent to ALS.