Quality Initiatives

The Academy aims for RDNs and NDTRs to apply quality improvement, performance measurement and quality measures within practice settings to meet the goal of RDNs and NDTRs supporting and incorporating the Internal and External Quality Initiatives including quality measurement and standards in practice roles.

Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs)

The Academy is a measure steward of four malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures. Review the eCQMs FAQs to learn more about eCQMs, including the various roles for getting involved with eCQMs, as well as how they were developed.

Global Malnutrition Composite Score

The Academy's stewarded quality measure, Global Malnutrition Composite Score incentivizes screening, assessment, diagnosis, and developing a care plan for hospitalized adult patients found to be malnourished and at risk for malnutrition before transitioning to the next point of care setting. In December 2020 CMS published the final 2020 Measures Under Consideration List with the inclusion of the MUC20-0032 Global Malnutrition Composite Score. The GMCS was endorsed by unanimous vote of the National Quality Forum Consensus Standards Approval Committee on June 24th, 2021. NQF endorsement indicates a measure is "best in class" and brings the GMCS one step closer to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services federal program adoption. 

Member External Collaborations

To promote the registered dietitian nutrition (RDN) as the nutrition expert, the Academy facilitates external quality measures and standards collaborations with members. Read more about current quality measure and standards collaborations.

NQF Action Team on Virtual Healthcare Quality

The Academy joins colleagues and leaders from the National Quality Forum member organizations in the Action Team on Virtual Healthcare Quality, a forum to promote high quality virtual care by identifying key facets of measuring and improving virtual healthcare quality and sharing best practices.