May 15—Five healthcare organizations have formed an interdisciplinary partnership, the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, to improve patient outcomes through early nutrition screening, assessment, and intervention in hospitals.

Today, one in three patients enters the hospital malnourished, and more become malnourished during their stay, according to a news release. Malnutrition increases costs, length of stay, and the incidence of unfavorable outcomes. Properly addressing hospital malnutrition creates an opportunity to improve quality of care while also reducing healthcare costs, according to the alliance.

For example, the release cites health economic research that has found nutrition intervention via oral nutrition supplements may reduce length of stay by an average of two days and has been shown to reduce patient hospitalization cost by 21.6 percent, or $4,734 per episode.

The alliance represents 100,000 dietitians, nurses, hospitalists, and other physicians and clinicians who are members of the partner organizations: the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and Society of Hospital Medicine, and Abbott Nutrition.

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013