New criteria could be incorporated in ICD-11. Malnutrition is a terrible problem worldwide, even more so in third-world countries than here in the U.S. Historically, it was due to starvation and famine, born of poverty, war, and nature, but malnutrition due to disease and inflammation is a major factor now,…
The OIG continues to review cases of malnutrition. The diagnosis of severe protein calorie malnutrition is under high scrutiny from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). Today, I’d like to explore the reasons…
Key criteria govern the search to determine whether a patient is malnourished.EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a summary of a transcript of Pamela Charney speaking during a recent edition of Talk-Ten-Tuesdays.Right now folks are looking at the American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) consensus criteria for diagnosing malnutrition.…
Dieticians’ findings must find their way into the medical record to achieve proper care and coding. Diagnosing malnutrition is not diving for dollars.Malnutrition – and I am specifically talking about undernutrition today – is a common but frequently unrecognized problem that leads to difficulty healing from trauma or surgery, or…
It’s that magical time of year for parents everywhere: back-to-school time. With a return to school comes a flurry of activity and planning and, in addition to obtaining school supplies and new clothes, parents must begin figuring out what their kids are going to eat for lunch. Whether that lunch…
We continue our series of discussions exploring malnutrition – specifically, undernutrition – in hospitalized patients in more depth. Our topic is malnutrition in the elderly hospitalized patient, including the documentation and coding of it, its impact on outcomes, its treatment, and its prevalence and the physical, social and psychological factors…