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Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative

The Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative is a project of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Avalere Health, and other stakeholders who collaborate to provide guidance and expertise for clinical malnutrition. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Abbott support the MQii. The MQii partners work to engage stakeholders to discuss malnutrition quality improvement and care transitions documented in our Dialogue Proceedings, and to discuss malnutrition and health equity documented in the Roundtable Proceedings. The primary goal is to advance evidence-based, high-quality, patient-driven care for hospitalized older adults who are malnourished or at-risk for malnutrition.

To accomplish its objectives, the MQii designed a key tool for real-world application, a MQii Toolkit and the Global Malnutrition Composite Score (GMCS) electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM). The MQii Toolkit provides practical, interdisciplinary tools and resources to support hospitals establish best practices and adopt the eCQM to evaluate their success in meeting the standards of care. 

The MQii Learning Collaborative is a community of clinicians committed to improving delivery of malnutrition care in hospitals and health systems across the US. The MQii Learning Collaborative was established in 2016 and continues today with over 300 hospitals participating across the nation. These hospitals undertake a data-driven, patient-centered, malnutrition quality improvement project using the MQii Toolkit and malnutrition eCQM to track and monitor improvement. Featured MQii successes can be reviewed in numerous articles and abstracts published in the October 2019 Supplement to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsMalnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative Yields Value for Interdisciplinary Patient Care and Clinical Nutrition Practice.