ASPEN's Malnutrition Awareness Week™

Join us September 18 - 22, 2017 for the sixth annual Malnutrition Awareness Week. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness in healthcare professionals to consider assessing and intervening earlier and for the public to realize that they need to ask about their nutrition status and advocate for optimal nutrition care as much as possible.

The History and Purpose of Malnutrition Awareness Week

In 2009, ASPEN recognized a need for greater awareness of malnutrition, which is common in hospitalized patients in the United States and is associated with unfavorable outcomes including higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer lengths of stay, and higher frequency of readmission. Not unexpectedly, these outcomes are associated with increased costs. In some studies, 30-50% of patients become malnourished, often during a hospital stay.

The purpose of Malnutrition Awareness Week™ is to raise awareness in healthcare professionals to consider assessing and intervening earlier and for the public to realize that they need to ask about their nutrition status and advocate for optimal nutrition care as much as possible. In 2014, ASPEN received a Certificate of Special Recognition from United States Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland for Malnutrition Awareness Week™. This week is always packed full of educational programming and resource dissemination to help clinicians and the general public understand this often poorly diagnosed condition.

Additionally, ASPEN is pleased to announce that the 2015 week has been listed in the National Health Observances Calendar.

Schedule of Events

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Monday, September 18      Tuesday, September 19 Wednesday, September 20 Thursday, September 21 Friday, September 22
4:00–5:30 PM ET 4:00–5:30 PM ET 4:00–5:00 PM ET 4:00–5:30 PM ET 12:00–1:30 PM ET
Improving Standardization of Oral Nutrition Supplemental Provision in Malnourished Patients A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Increasing Awareness of Enteral Nutrition in the Pediatric Patient: A Provider and Parent Perspective On the Fast Track with the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Protocol Approaching an Audit Through Accurate Documentation and Coding for Malnutrition Diagnosis Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMS): A Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative
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Twitter Chat - Tuesday, September 19, 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

In addition to the webinars, join us Tuesday September 19 at 1:00 PM ET for a Twitter Chat hosted by the National Council on Aging. We want to hear from you during the chat! Join the conversation by using the hashtag #MAW2017


Improving Standardization of Oral Nutrition Supplement Provision in Malnourished Patients

September 18, 2017 |  4:00 – 5:30 pm ET

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Description

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 feasibility of providing cost effective oral nutrition supplements (ONS) to malnourished patients in the hospital and how standardization of administration can improve patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify current gaps in addressing the treatment of malnutrition during hospital admission and after discharge
  2. Describe how standardization of ONS administration and documentation in EHR can improve patient outcomes in regards to malnutrition
  3. List example of potential barriers to developing an ONS protocol in any institution
  4. Describe feasible interventions to increase ONS consumption and compliance in the malnourished individual 

Faculty and Topics
A Comprehensive Nutrition-Focused Quality Improvement Program Improves Patient Outcomes
Krishnan Sriram, MD, FCCM, FRCS(C), FACS, Surgeon, Advocate Health Care, Chicago, IL

Optimizing the EHR to Standardize Administration and Documentation of Nutritional Supplements
Sandra Citty, PhD, ARNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Moderator
Amanda Haney, MS, RD, CNSC, Clinical Pediatric Dietitian at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, Lecturer, California State University, Long Beach, CA

Level:  Intermediate
CE Credit:  1.5 hours
UAN: 0216-0000-17-093-L04-P


A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Increasing Awareness of Enteral Nutrition in the Pediatric Patient: a Provider and Parent Perspective 

September 19, 2017 |  4:00 – 5:30 pm ET    

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Description
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 supplemental enteral nutrition in pediatric patients as a way to prevent and treat malnutrition through a multi-disciplinary approach. The barriers to initiation and weaning of enteral nutrition, as well as the psychological aspects, will also be addressed. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Define inadequate oral intake and provide examples of etiology in children
  2. Describe how inadequate oral intake can lead to malnutrition 
  3. Explain the psychological dynamics involved for caregivers in deciding to initiate and discontinue enteral nutrition
  4. Describe how initiation and discontinuation of enteral nutrition has a greater success rate when completed with a multi-disciplinary feeding team   

Faculty and Topics
Treating the Pediatric Tube-fed Patient from all Aspects 
Sarah Edwards, DO, CNSC, Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

A Parental Perspective on Caring for a Child who Receives Enteral Nutrition 
Traci Nagy, Founder & Executive Director, Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation, Merrick, NY

Moderator
Jodi Wolff  MS, RDN, LD, FAND, FAACPDM, Pediatric Dietitian, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Solon Health Center, Cleveland, OH

Level:  Intermediate
CE Credit:  1.5 hours
UAN:  0216-0000-17-094-L04-P


On the Fast Track with the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Protocol  

September 20, 2017 |  4:00 – 5:00 pm ET    

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Description
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 prevention and treatment of malnutrition pre- and post-operatively in the surgical patient through the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol. It will also address the improvement in patient outcomes, barriers to patient compliance and utilization with in the United States.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define ERAS and the development of the program
  2. Explain the implementation process of ERAS in the surgical patient
  3. Describe potential barriers to implementation within the healthcare system and individual patients 
  4. List strategies for increasing acceptance and adoption of the ERAS program with in the United States 

Faculty and Topics

Paul Wischmeyer, MD, E.D.I.C, Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Director of Perioperative Research, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Co-Director-Nutrition Support Service, Duke University Hospital, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC  

Moderator
Ainsley Malone, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN, Clinical Practice Specialist, ASPEN, New Albany, OH

Level:  Intermediate
CE Credit:  1 hour
UAN:  0216-0000-17-095-L04-P


Approaching an Audit Through Accurate Documentation and Coding for Malnutrition Diagnosis  

September 21, 2017 |  4:00 – 5:30 pm ET    

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Description
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. 

Learning Objectives

  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 – Physicians 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  

Moderator
Stephanie Cutrell, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC,  Nutrition Support Dietitian, Pharmacy Department, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC

Level:  Intermediate
CE Credit:  1.5 hours
UAN:  0216-0000-17-096-L04-P


Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs): A Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative

September 22, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET  

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Description
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 purpose of these malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in health care, the need for these measures and how they were developed. The current status of these measures will also be addressed. 

Learning Objectives
Outline reasons for development of nutrition e-measures
Define the process for e-measure development for nutrition
Identify the current status of the measures
Explain the process and results of feasibility testing of these measures

Faculty and Topics
A Developmental Overview of the eCQMs
Angel Valladares, MPH, Manager, Avalere Health, Washington, DC

Addressing the Need for Adoption of the eCQMs for Improvement in Malnutrition 
Alison Steiber PhD, RDN, LD,  Chief Science Officer, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL

The eCQMs and the Assessment of Feasibility
Kenneth Nepple, MD, FACS, Assistant Chief Medical Information Officer, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City, IA

Moderator
Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FASPEN,  Senior Directory for Clinical Practice, Quality and Advocacy; the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Silver Spring, MD

Level:  Intermediate
CE Credit:  1.5 hours
UAN:  0216-0000-17-097-L04-P

 


All program content is planned and conducted by ASPEN without commercial influence. Corporate sponsorship of Malnutrition Awareness Week™ does not constitute endorsement of the corporate entity nor does it imply corporate involvement in the planning or content development.  

 

Spread the Word

As an important step toward raising awareness about malnutrition and promoting ASPEN's Malnutrition Awareness Week™, the Malnutrition Committee has created informative consumer posters entitled, Ask About Your Nutrition and Ask About Your Child's Nutrition. We encourage you and your institution to use these posters as an educational tool for your patients. The posters are also available in Spanish.

Increase awareness. Reduce re-admission rates and lower the annual cost of $156.7 billion. Download our buzz kit to spread the word.

Malnutrition Awareness: The Clock is Still Ticking 

Malnutrition Awareness Week Shareable

 

Ask About Your Nutrition/Ask About Your Child's Nutrition Posters

2016 Ask About Your Childs Nutrition Poster - Branded  
2016 Ask About Your Nutrition Poster - Branded  

 

2016 Ask About Your Childs Nutrition Spanish
2016 Ask About Your Nutrition Spanish

If It Was Easy To See, It Would Be Easy To Diagnose Posters

MAW Adult Woman
MAW Adult Man
MAW Pediatrics

Malnutrition in Hospitalized Patients Infographic

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Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors & Supporters!

Top 5 Programming Ideas for Chapters or Institutions

  1. Register for a Malnutrition Awareness Week™ webinar as a chapter or site and invite as many people as you want, both members and nonmembers, to participate for CE credit.
  2. Fill out the customizable resolution template and petition your state legislature to recognize Malnutrition Awareness Week™.
  3. Identify an expert in your chapter or institution to lead you own “Ask the Experts” in-person session.
  4. Organize a campaign to distribute and post ASPEN’s malnutrition posters in your institution.
  5. Get active on the ASPENet LinkedIn Group and social media (using the hashtag #MAW2017) to ask questions and share best practices with people all over the world.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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