The Case for Malnutrition Quality Measures and Nutrition-Focused Quality Improvement Programs (QIPs) in US Skilled Nursing Facilities

Publish Date: 16 March 2022
Author(s): Mary Beth Arensberg, PhD, RDN, FAND; Cory Brunton, MS, BSN, RN; Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, FAND; Scott Bolhack, MD, MBA, CMD, CWS, FACP, FAAP


As skilled nursing care in the United States moves to a value-based model, malnutrition care remains a critical gap area that is associated with multiple poor health outcomes. This perspective paper reviews opportunities to help fill this gap through malnutrition-related quality measures and nutrition-focused quality improvement programs (QIPs) in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and nursing home care. 
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