Malnutrition Awareness Week Webinar
Approaching an Audit Through Accurate Documentation and Coding for Malnutrition Diagnosis
September 21, 2017
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET (Eastern Time)
Despite increasing awareness and diagnosing of malnutrition and its effects, one in three patients continue to be malnourished with an annual cost of $156.7 billion for disease-related malnutrition in the U.S across eight diseases. Malnutrition is now also becoming a leading cause of hospital re-admissions and increased health care costs. Thus, treatment and prevention programs are now even more imperative. The purpose of Malnutrition Awareness Week is to continue to raise awareness of malnutrition and its negative effects on individuals and health care costs. In addition, Malnutrition Awareness Week activities intend, to provide specific strategies for addressing and implementing programs and resources to combat malnutrition within the hospital and community settings.
This webinar will address the need for accurate documentation and coding of the malnutrition diagnosis by institutions in order avoid and/or prepare for a potential audit by CMS. The criteria in which CMS uses to determine the need for audits will also be discussed.
1. Describe potential outcomes of increased malnutrition documentation and coding on CMS and institutions
2. List ways institutions can prepare for possible audits by CMS
3. Describe the process CMS goes through in deciding if an audit is necessary
4. Facilitate the provider and coding specialist working together to ensure accurate, complete and appropriate coding/billing
Faculty and Topics
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, President, CDIMD - Phsyicians Champions, Smyrna, TN
Ashley Strickland, RDN, LDN, CNSC, Adult Clinical Dietitian Supervisor, Clinical Nutrition Services, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC
Additional Panel Member for Q&A Period
Terese Scollard, MBA, RD, LD, FAND, Regional Clinical Nutrition Manager, Providence Health & Services, Beaverton, OR
Stephanie Cutrell, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC, Nutrition Support Dietitian, Pharmacy Department, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC
CE Credit: 1.5 hours
The perfect complement to our Malnutrition Awareness Week programming is Improve Patient Outcomes: ASPEN’s Step-by-Step Guide to Addressing Malnutrition. This comprehensive resource offers care pathways, tools, quality measures, and other important resources.