Become an Institutional Leader of Change: Implementation of Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs)

Program Date: March 2018
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.5; Dietitian CPEU: 1.5

Course Description:

A multi-disciplinary expert panel will discuss the impact and opportunities of the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) and associated Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs). The panel will also discuss how RDNs can engage interprofessional partners and hospital leadership, and develop best-practices for implementation.

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the impact and opportunities provided by the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) to improve patient outcomes and lead institutional change.
  • Describe how malnutrition eCQMs are clinically relevant and align with CMS National Quality Strategy Priorities.
  • Provide best practice guidance collecting and utilizing eCQM data to make meaningful clinical decisions.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 3010, 5280, 7160
  • Performance Indicators: 6.1.3, 7.1.5, 10.2.2
  • Run Time: 72

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Evelyn Granieri, MD, MPH, MSEd

Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging
Columbia University College of Physicians and Aging
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Evelyn C. Granieri, Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging, began her career as a clinical and research Registered Dietitian. She then completed her medical training, including residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Northwestern. Dr. Granieri helped to establish the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging at Columbia University. Her interests are in medical and geriatrics education, programmatic development, advocacy and interdisciplinary care of frail and vulnerable older adults.

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Ken Nepple, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Urology,
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Dr. Ken Nepple MD, FACS is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he also serves in a supported role as Assistant Chief Medical Information Officer and Physician Value Officer.

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Jennifer Wills-Gallagher, MPPA, RD, LDN

Associate Director, Clinical Nutrition
UNC Health Care Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina
Gillings School of Global Public Health

Jennifer Wills-Gallagher is Associate Director of Clinical Nutrition at UNC Health Care in North Carolina and is an Adjunct Professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Jennifer is responsible for clinical and community nutrition programs and staff within UNC Health Care. Additionally, she oversees the provision and strategic planning of hospital nutrition for inpatient and outpatient services and metabolic research kitchen.

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Kelly Tappenden, PhD, RD, FASPEN

Kraft Foods Human Nutrition Endowed Professor
Distinguished Teacher-Scholar
Professor of Nutrition and GI Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Dr. Tappenden has over 20 years’ experience in the science and practice of nutrition support, focusing on malnourished patients. She has published over 75 original research papers in peer-reviewed journals and given more than 120 invited talks. Dr. Tappenden enjoys teaching within her own laboratory, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses. Dr. Tappenden has been Associate Dean of the Graduate College since 2006 and works mostly on academic programs in that role.


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