Prevalence Rates and Characteristics of Malnutrition, Frailty, and Other Nutrition and Muscle Mass-Related Conditions Document Potential Quality of Care Gap for Medicare Patients in US Skilled Nursing Facilities

Publish Date: 31 March 2022
Author(s): Mary Beth Arensberg, PhD, RDN, FAND; Cory Brunton, MS, BSN, RN; Susan Drawert, MEd, RDN; Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, FAND; Scott Bolhack, MD, MBA, CMD, CWS, FACP, FAAP


The acuity level of patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) continues to increase however skilled nursing facility Medicare claims for nutrition/muscle mass-related conditions (including malnutrition and frailty) are reported at lower levels than their likely prevalence. This represents a potential care gap and requires action to help improve patient health outcomes and skilled nursing facility quality metrics. 
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