Improving Malnutrition from the Physician Perspective
Despite increasing awareness 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 not just contained within the parameters of the hospital or in a certain population. It is also becoming a leading cause of hospital re-admissions for the aging individual across ethnic communities. Treatment and prevention programs are even more imperative now after changes in reimbursements related to the Health Care Reform Act. 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 specific needs in addressing malnutrition, its effect on healthcare, and associated costs from the perspective of the medical physician. Furthermore, an update will be provided on where health care currently stands in diagnosing malnutrition and the comparison of patients according to their diagnosis.
1. Identify challenges physicians have in treating and preventing malnutrition under new regulations imposed by the Health Care Reform Act
2. Develop strategies for effectively communicating with the C-Suite in their institution/organization
3. Describe the process of accurately assessing and diagnosing malnourished patients, as well as the impact malnutrition diagnoses has on health care reimbursements
Faculty and Topics
How to work with the C-Suite to bridge the Hospital Malnutrition Gap
Karim Godamunne, MD, MBA, SFHM, National Clinical Representative for Nutrition Society of Hospital Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, North Fulton Hospital, Roswell, GA
Update on Malnutrition Diagnosis Prevalence: New AHRQ Data
Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Director of Clinical Practice, Quality, and Advocacy, ASPEN, Silver Spring, MD
Albert Barrocas, MD, FACS, FASPEN, Chief Medical Officer, Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, GA
CE Credit: 1.5 hours