Malnutrition in the Crosshairs: You mean my malnourished patient isn't really malnourished?

Recorded Webinar

Enhance knowledge regarding the semantics of malnutrition coding to optimize reimbursement and prevent misdiagnosis.

  • Release Date: April 15, 2020
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This webinar was presented live on April 15, 2020.

This webinar will provide suggestions to strengthen documentation of the nutrition diagnosis of protein-calorie malnutrition. Adequate documented evidence for a diagnosis is crucial for compliant medical coding, including protein calorie malnutrition. The program will explain the history, challenges and conflicts that influence coding denials and provide suggestions for dietitians and inter-professional actions when dealing with denied reimbursement. There are no guarantees, however, the speaker will present the rationale and examples of techniques to describe patient nutrition status that may help in prevention and mitigation of coding denials.

Sponsored by Nestle Health

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 3030, 3010, 3020, 3005
Performance Indicators: 10.2.1, 6.2.1, 8.3.3

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate documentation techniques to strengthen evidence for protein-calorie malnutrition that may help reduce risk for audits and insurance denials.
  2. Describe conflicts and confusion between the modern understanding of clinical malnutrition as described by the Academy/ASPEN 2012 Consensus Characteristics of Malnutrition, federal auditor denials of clinical malnutrition and advocacy groups working to reduce and prevent malnutrition.
  3. Identify ways dietitians, nurses and physicians can collaborate to communicate, create workflow and document to support clinical validation, accurate coding, and post-discharge treatment plans including opportunities for nutrition treatments and potential reimbursement in ambulatory settings.


Terese Scollard, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND
Regional Clinical Nutrition Manager for Providence Health Services, Portland, OR

  • Release Date: April 15, 2020