Background: Malnutrition continues to be associated with outcomes in hospitalized patients.
Methods: An updated review of national data in patients with a coded diagnosis of malnutrition (CDM) and the use of nutrition support (enteral nutrition [EN] and parenteral nutrition [PN]) was conducted using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and Medicare Claims data.
Results: Results demonstrated a growing trend in CDM accompanied by continued low utilization of PN and EN.
Conclusion: Underutilization of nutrition support may be due to product shortages, reluctance of clinicians to use these therapies, undercoding of nutrition support, strict adherence to published guidelines, and other factors.
Keywords: International Classification of Diseases; clinical coding; enteral nutrition; hospitalization; malnutrition; nutrition assessment; parenteral nutrition.
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