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Malnutrition

Malnutrition - undernutrition and overnutrition - can lead to and worsen acute and chronic medical conditions, especially among older adults. Malnutrition is a common yet overlooked condition found across all care settings including hospitals, rehabilitation, long-term care and the community.1 From 20% to 50% of patients may be at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished upon hospital admission.1-4 Yet as few as 5% to 8% of inpatients in the United States are diagnosed with malnutrition during their hospital stay.5-6

The consequences of malnutrition are serious. Malnutrition increases the risks for complications, pressure injuries, risk of falls and frailty; leads to longer hospital length of stay and hospital readmissions; and is associated with increased risk of mortality and morbidity. Malnutrition decreases quality of life, functional status, activities of daily living, wound healing, muscle mass and strength.7-9

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Malnutrition

Malnutrition - undernutrition and overnutrition - can lead to and worsen acute and chronic medical conditions, especially among older adults. Malnutrition is a common yet overlooked condition found across all care settings including hospitals, rehabilitation, long-term care and the community.1 From 20% to 50% of patients may be at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished upon hospital admission.1-4 Yet as few as 5% to 8% of inpatients in the United States are diagnosed with malnutrition during their hospital stay.5-6

The consequences of malnutrition are serious. Malnutrition increases the risks for complications, pressure injuries, risk of falls and frailty; leads to longer hospital length of stay and hospital readmissions; and is associated with increased risk of mortality and morbidity. Malnutrition decreases quality of life, functional status, activities of daily living, wound healing, muscle mass and strength.7-9

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Adult Malnutrition Documentation Improvement: Team Collaboration for Clinical Impact in the Hospital Setting This presentation focuses on identifying tactics and best practices to support medical coding workflow and interprofessional communications to improve adult malnutrition documentation, diagnosis, and care integration for at-risk adult patient populations in the hospital setting. Specific examples of recovery auditors rejections or denials are provided and ways to strengthen stronger documentation of malnutrition.

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The role of the mitochondria is pivotal to maintenance of robust cellular function in health and disease. This program reviews the clinical impact of changes in cellular health and the role of nutrition intervention in supporting mitochondrial function through aging and various disease states.

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