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Course Overview

Traditionally, registered dietitian nutritionists have been involved in quality assessment processes but may not be aware of the shift to quality assessment performance improvement that focuses on collaborating with interdisciplinary teams throughout their hospital systems. With regulatory agencies requiring sustained and documented QAPI and reimbursement based on quality of care, RDNs must be involved in quality initiatives. Participating in your hospital’s comprehensive QAPI program can help get you there. Healthcare reform aims to advance high-quality, patient-driven care and reduce healthcare costs. The RDN can demonstrate how nutrition care is an effective way to reduce costs and improve care while working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary manner. The RDN cannot improve on what he or she does not measure or act on. RDNs must understand their hospital’s QAPI programs and engage in performance improvement activities to advance their traditional roles in the hospital setting. Increased visibility will show other healthcare providers how RDNs can improve outcomes and related quality measures.

About the Course Author


Julie Charnosky, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical dietitian and the owner of Start Fresh Nutrition. She has worked in clinical nutrition management and food service operations throughout her career and was a department leader in her hospital for QAPI using the lean management system.

Julie Charnosky, MS, RD, LDN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (Dietary)


    Approved for 1.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-D1058. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Assess opportunities to use data to elevate the role of the RDN in your facility; Describe the 12 steps to QAPI implementation; Describe the difference between quality assessment and performance improvement; Identify the five elements of QAPI; Use QAPI tools for data collection
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level II level Dietitians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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