The Impact of Early Nutrition Screening and Intervention on Reducing Unnecessary Hospital Readmissions

Program Date: June 2013
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 Dietitian CPEU

Course Objectives:

  • Define and describe consequences of malnutrition and sarcopenia and how nutrition can improve patient outcomes and decrease hospitalizations.
  • Discuss professional collaboration for a nutrition screen and intervene program to address client’s nutritional status to improve outcomes.
  • Review the initial outcomes and metrics of the Quality Improvement initiative.
  • CDR Level: 1
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 2070, 3000, 5000, 5010, 5030, 5090, 5100
  • Media Format(s): Audio (English)
  • Run Time: 39 Minutes

Course Instructor Bio(s)


Abby C. Sauer, MPH, RD, LD

Research Scientist, Nutrition Science and Education
Abbott Nutrition
Columbus, OH

Abby Sauer joined Abbott Nutrition in 1999 and is currently a Research Scientist within the Global Research & Development department Her work includes communicating scientific and technical information to consumers and customers. Her focus centers on general wellness, malnutrition, geriatric nutrition, and renal nutrition.

Prior to joining Abbott Nutrition, Abby worked as a clinical dietitian in a variety of healthcare settings, providing nutrition care to hospital patients as well as education to outpatient and community patients. Abby is a frequent presenter on various nutrition topics and represents Abbott Nutrition at seminars and meetings. She also writes and reviews nutrition articles for internal and external communications, and she also serves as a member of professional nutrition organizations and work groups.

Abby earned her BS in dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and completed her dietetic internship at Barnes Jewish Christian Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She also earned a Master’s in Public Health from The Ohio State University.

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Allison Sterner, RN

Associate Director of the Bayada Touch Office
Bayada Home Health Care
Moorestown, NJ

Allison Sterner, RN is an Associate Director of the Bayada Touch office at BAYADA Home Health Care in Moorestown, NJ. Allison manages the staff and daily operations of an office dedicated to helping patients remain safe at home; preventing frequent hospitalization through early identification of health needs requiring immediate attention. Allison has a diverse nursing background including 2 years Emergency Room nursing and 19 years of Hospice/Home Health care experience. She has provided disease specific education to the lay community; developed and presented Continuing Education presentations for the professional community; and provided staff education regarding services and programs offered by BAYADA Home Health Care.

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Michael Johnson, PT, PhD, OCS

Director of Visit Clinical Leadership for Skilled Visit Services
Bayada Nurses
Moorestown, NJ

Dr. Michael Johnson is the Director of Visit Clinical Leadership for Skilled Visit Services at Bayada Nurses in Moorestown, NJ. He is responsible for supporting all aspects of interdisciplinary home health clinical practice across 48 offices in 18 states, including evidence-based program development, clinical research activities, quality improvement, regulatory compliance, recruitment, and staff development for nursing, social work, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy professionals. Dr. Johnson has provided external professional education for PA State and National Physical Therapy Associations and collaboration with multidiscipline professionals around the focus of reducing unnecessary patient hospitalizations.


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