NEW MALNUTRITION QUALITY MEASURE HELPS BETTER QUANTIFY NUTRITION CARE

Publish Date: March 2021
Author(s): Angel F Valladares, Avalere Health

Abstract:

Inclusion of a new Global Malnutrition Composite Score measure into a CMS hospital quality reporting program would provide valuable information to providers, patients/families, and federal stakeholders about nationwide performance on nutrition care practice standards. This American Society on Aging blog from Angel F Valladares of Avalere Health, provides an overview of the Composite Score measure. 

Author Bios

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ANGEL VALLADARES, MPH

Consultant II,  
Avalere Health 
Washington DC, USA 
Angel has supported multiple healthcare stakeholders from across the industry on quality measure feasibility and development (specifically as it relates to electronic clinical quality measures), evidence generation strategy, engagement with federal government healthcare stakeholders, development and implementation of digital health strategies, and development of public-private partnerships. He has experience in patient-centered outcomes research, qualitative and quantitative research, program evaluation, and the design and implementation of clinical research studies. 
 
During his tenure at Avalere, Angel has led the data infrastructure and quality measure development for the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii). The MQii is a national initiative which includes a learning collaborative of almost 300 U.S. hospitals who aim to advance evidence-based high quality of care for hospitalized patients at-risk of malnutrition or with identified malnutrition. His team has developed the largest clinical malnutrition database of its kind representing over 50 hospitals and more than 750,000 patient encounters. Data from this database have been used to implement multiple studies, several which have been published in peer-reviewed journals. 
 
Angel received an MPH from the University of Michigan and a BS in biological science and anthropology from Florida State University. 
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