HHS Secretary Identifies Malnutrition as Component of Addressing Social Determinants of Health

11/20/2018 - In recent remarks to the Hatch Foundation for Civility and Solutions, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II addressed social determinants of health and referenced malnutrition as an important issue.

He noted that care for hospital patients with malnutrition is twice as costly as those who are admitted well-nourished. He added that interventions in accountable care organizations have led to savings by screening, intervening and continuing support for malnutrition care after hospital discharge.

The HHS secretary provides leadership and direction to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency with which the Academy has been working to advocate for electronic quality measures as part of the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative.