Sep 21, 2019
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Identifying Malnutrition upon Admission can lead to Improved Nutrition Outcomes while Securing Financial Reimbursement

The prevalence of malnutrition among older adults is on the rise, contributing to overall higher healthcare costs.  In fact, estimates are that the cost of disease-associated malnutrition in older adults is $42 billion per year, and up to one out of every two older adults are at risk of becoming malnourished.1   Malnutrition is a major contributor to multiple … [ Read More ]

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Food Safety

September is National Food Safety Education Month. It is a great time to highlight knowledge from the food safety community and explore new ways to prevent foodborne illnesses. Foodborne illness is an interchangeable term for foodborne disease, foodborne infection or food poisoning. This umbrella terms defines a disease transmitted to people from food. There are more … [ Read More ]

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Kidney Disease and Diet Restrictions

When a renal diet is ordered, just what does this mean?  In long term care, the restrictions are liberalized.  It is first important to find out if the resident is receiving dialysis or not. The renal diet may be interpreted as general with no added salt and possibly low potassium. A low potassium diet generally … [ Read More ]

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PDPM & Section K: Accurate MDS coding and documentation to support maximum reimbursement

In today’s healthcare environment, achieving positive outcomes while maintaining revenue and managing costs is key to success.  Beginning October 1, 2019 CMS will be replacing the current SNF PPS Resource Utilization Group (RUGs) payment model with a new per-diem payment model named the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).  No longer will revenue be based on managing … [ Read More ]

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Older Adults and Healthy Weights

Men and women are living longer, enjoying energetic and active lifestyles well into their 80s and 90s. Study after study confirms eating well and being active can make a dramatic difference in the quality of life for older adults. We are never too old to enjoy the benefits of improved nutrition and fitness. With nutrient-rich … [ Read More ]

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Food Allergies and Intolerances

A food allergy is a medical condition in which exposure to a food triggers a harmful immune response. The immune response, called an allergic reaction, occurs because the immune system attacks proteins in the food that are normally harmless. The proteins that trigger the reaction are called allergens. Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction … [ Read More ]

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IDDSI

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) is a new dysphagia diet standard that started in 2013.  The IDDSI is a dysphagia diet standard that is intended to meet the needs of individuals with dysphagia across the age span, across all care setting and across all cultures.  The IDDSI dysphagia diet standard is called the … [ Read More ]

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Diabetes Control and Nutritional Therapy

According to The American Diabetes Association, the total costs of diagnosed diabetes has risen to $327 billion in 2017 from $245 billion in 2012. This figure represents a 26 percent increase over a five-year period.  This includes $237 billion in direct medical costs and $90 billion in reduced productivity.  People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, … [ Read More ]

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Physical Activity for Older Adults

Dietitians understand the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle. This not only includes proper food choices but also includes physical activity/exercise along with good eating habits. Physical activity can have a positive effect on disease prevention and/or management. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors … [ Read More ]

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The Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease on Nutritional Status

According to the Alzheimer’s Association facts and figures, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.  By the year 2050, this number is projected to increase to nearly 14 million individuals.  Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia in older adults.  Proper nutrition is important to help keep the body strong and healthy.  In … [ Read More ]

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