After WVU Medicine successfully implemented a malnutrition documentation program in 2010, other dietitians and companies heard about its success. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics caught wind of the project, too, and asked WVU Medicine Clinical Dietitian Jennifer Lowry, R.D., L.D., to write an article for its medical nutrition therapy publication, "Support Line."

WVU Medicine is part of a select group of healthcare organizations that have a malnutrition documentation program. Lowry's article, "Implementation of Malnutrition Coding: A Success Story," highlighted WVU Medicine's work as a national leader in this area.

In the article, Lowry and co-author, Clinical Nutrition Manager Jill Johnston, M.S., R.D., L.D., discussed how WVU Medicine learned to improve screening, assessment, intervention and documentation for patient care to support the diagnosis of maltrution.

Support Line is published by Dietitians in Nutrition Support (DNS), a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. DNS has more than 3,300 members, including healthcare practitioners integrating the science of nutrition to support individuals in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Support Line is a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed publication that features reviews of current topics in nutrition support including critical care, research, pediatrics, transplant, gastroenterology and home care.