Improving Patient Outcomes through Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement - RD202

Improving Patient Outcomes through Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement

by Julie Charnosky, MS, RD, LDN
(3.9 / 10 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.50 CPEU)

Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00


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. With regulatory agencies requiring QAPI and reimbursement based on quality of care, RDNs must be involved in quality initiatives. Participating in your hospital's QAPI program can help. Healthcare reform aims to advance patient-driven care and reduce costs. The RDN can demonstrate how nutrition care can 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. Increased visibility will show other healthcare providers how RDNs can improve outcomes and related quality measures.


The goal of this quality assessment performance improvement continuing education module is to teach dietitians how to use the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guide to QAPI implementation to elevate the role of the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the difference between quality assessment and performance improvement
  • Identify the five elements of QAPI
  • Describe the 12 steps to QAPI implementation
  • Use QAPI tools for data collection
  • Assess opportunities to use data to elevate the role of the RDN in your facility

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for dietitians/nutritionists
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 1070, 5000, 7100, 7160, 9010 and performance indicators of 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.3, 6.1.4, 6.1.5, 6.1.6, 6.1.7, 6.1.8, 6.1.9.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # 50-1489).
Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR; or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 6/5/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/5/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/5/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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angela t - Pearland, TX  ·  Apr 08, 2020
great scenarios - helpful to apply the principles.
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Adam S - Rockford, IL  ·  Feb 17, 2020
Good introduction to the importance of Performance Improvement and how RDNs need to get more involved. Stop the "Status Quo" with RDNs passing on responsibilities that they could take on.
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Beth G - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA  ·  Dec 10, 2019
Information was good, it would have been nice to make a module for clinical dietitians, not food service focused.
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JoAnn N - Detroit, MI  ·  Aug 06, 2019
Identification of methods to improve the RDN's role in quality improvement methods.
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Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00