CMS Approves Inclusion of Malnutrition Quality Measures

12/21/2019 - In a significant and long-sought win for registered dietitian nutritionists and the Academy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved inclusion of the Malnutrition Quality Measures into two Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) for RDNs to participate for 2020 in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Malnutrition Quality Measures included in the Premier Clinician Performance Registry and the U.S. Wound Registry will promote health care team collaboration with measures for physician and RDN reporting.

The measure includes physicians reporting with the referral to an RDN of preoperative patients who are identified to be at risk for malnutrition and appropriate diagnoses of malnutrition; RDNs directly report completed nutrition assessments with recommendations/interventions for patients identified to be at risk for malnutrition.

Increasing the availability of measures that are relevant for RDN reporting in the QCDR MIPS documents standardized malnutrition care tying performance to Medicare payments and recognizes Malnutrition Quality Measures as vital in advancing evidence-based, high-quality care.

Thanks go to Sharon McCauley and the Quality  Management Team,  Academy staff and countless members participating across the U.S. in the MQii Learning Collaborative through inpatient and outpatient settings.