Justifying the Need for Quality Measures and Nutrition – Focused Quality Improvement Programs in Skilled Nursing Facilities – Short Course

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Credits: 2
Accreditations: CDR
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Review malnutrition quality improvement in nursing home care and make a plan for malnutrition specific quality measures with this case-study based CPE program.

This course requires reading of an article which provides a perspective on why malnutrition-specific quality measures and quality improvement programs (QIPs) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are important to improving resident health outcomes. The article summarizes the problem of malnutrition in nursing homes, discusses the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CSM) quality framework, reviews malnutrition quality improvement in nursing home care, and makes a plan for malnutrition-specific quality measures and nutrition focused QIPs.

A case-study based CPE program assists the learner to apply the information to their work setting.

Purchasing Options: This is available as eDocument + CPE Test only. Includes a link to the required reading in the course document, electronic test, and 1 certificate with passing grade.

After completing this continuing professional education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Integrate new knowledge and skills about quality measures and quality improvement programs (QIPs) into practice.
  2. Take initiative to facilitate change in facility quality improvement.
  3. Develop, modify, or implement strategies, techniques and tools for quality improvement programs.
  4. Identify and review evidence-based literature to create programs and to justify needs and actions.

This course is intended for: RDNs and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 172923 Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed

CPE Level: II

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

      • 3.1.3 Takes initiative to facilitate change.
      • 7.4.4 Develops, modifies, or implements strategies, techniques and tools for process or system improvement.
      • 12.2.2 Identifies and reviews evidence-based literature to create programs and to justify needs and actions.

Note: Numerous other Performance Indicators may apply.

This self-study course includes required reading, a downloadable course document and an online exam with multiple choice, case study based questions. This course exam includes 9 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: The Case for Malnutrition Quality Measures and Nutrition-Focused Quality Improvement Programs in US Skilled Nursing Facilities (a link to the document is included in the downloadable course document).

Disclaimer: The text associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles that will be applied in taking a case-study based exam. Neither the authors nor the publishers of the text/book have contributed to or endorsed this course.

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This CPE course encourages RDNs and NDTRs to continue to demonstrate their value as a part of the interdisciplinary team and to assert themselves into becoming a leader within their facilities and workplaces.
- Justifying the Need for Quality Measures and Nutrition-Focused Quality Improvement Programs in Skilled Nursing Facilities
Elizabeth Reynolds, RDN, LD
As a long-time provider of nutrition services to long term care facilities, I see firsthand the implications of a good nutrition care plan. Facilities that prioritize nutrition and nutrition interventions decrease malnutrition, improve resident quality of life, and optimize reimbursement. In addition, CMS will not hesitate to penalize facilities where excessive weight loss, skin breakdown, and preventable hospital readmissions occur. This course provides a framework for creating an appropriate and effective nutrition focused QIP.
- Justifying the Need for Quality Measures and Nutrition-Focused Quality Improvement Programs in Skilled Nursing Facilities
Lori Stevens, RD, LDN

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