Coding and Documenting Malnutrition: An Exclusive Report

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
10-10:30 a.m. ET; 7-7:30 a.m. PT
Program 306
Pamela Charney, PhD, RD, MS
Associate Professor
University of North Georgia

Jonathan LaFleur, BSN, RN, CCS;
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP;
and Stanley Nachimson

Malnutrition is officially on the radar screen of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG is adamant about targeting treatment of the condition for review of suspected fraud, saying in a statement that it will “assess the accuracy of Medicare payments for the treatment of severe malnutrition.”

Many institutions utilize the criteria found in the consensus statement by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) for diagnosing malnutrition. On the other hand, there is the Subjective Global Assessment (SGA), which uses clinical judgement to diagnose malnutrition based on results of a history and physical exam.

Reporting on the SGA guidelines for diagnosing malnutrition during the next edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays will be Pamela Charney, PhD, a clinical informaticist, registered dietitian, and associate professor at the University of North Georgia.

Other segments to be featured on the broadcast include:

  • News Desk: Jonathan LaFleur, an auditor with HRS, will report on the latest healthcare news.

  • DocTalk: James S. Kennedy, MD, president and founder of CDIMD, will report on the OIG’s plan to audit malnutrition.

  • RegWatch: Healthcare industry expert Stanley Nachimson of Nachimson Advisors will bring you up to date on the latest regulatory and policy news coming from Washington, D.C.

  • TalkBack: Talk Ten Tuesdays co-host Erica Remer, MD will report on diagnosing malnutrition among elderly patients.

Register now to listen and learn on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. ET.

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