Malnutrition: Assessing the Impact of the GLIM Criteria

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Malnutrition: Assessing the Impact of the GLIM Criteria

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Malnutrition: Assessing the Impact of the GLIM Criteria

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Presented on: Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern 

Presented by: Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS
Cynthia Tang, RHIA, CCS

Sponsored by: ACDIS

It’s been six years since the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) came out with clinical guidelines governing malnutrition assessments.

In September, ASPEN representatives joined an international consensus conference to publish the “Global Leadership Initiative on Malnutrition (GLIM): Criteria for the Diagnosis of Malnutrition: A Consensus Report From the Global Clinical Nutrition Community.” While the GLIM criteria offer some advantages over the 2012 recommendations, the CDI and coding communities need to understand how these two sets of criteria differ, how to navigate between physicians’ use of these standards, and how to square the recommendations with clinical expectations and rules governing code assignment.

Join Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS, and Cynthia Tang, RHIA, CCS, principals of Pinson & Tang LLC and acclaimed authors of the CDI Pocket Guide and the Pocket Guide for Coding Professionals, for an in-depth look at one of the CDI profession’s most difficult and controversial diagnostic challenges. You’ll walk away with the tools necessary to create more effective and compliant queries, prevent or fight claim denials, and help address your physician education needs.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the elements of the GLIM criteria
  • Differentiate between GLIM and previous 2012 ASPEN malnutrition definitions
  • Explain challenges related to malnutrition diagnoses
  • Identify and address the clinical and quality implications of malnutrition documentation
  • Understand risks of claims denials and audit investigations related to shifting clinical criteria
  • Identify the clinical validation considerations and the role of coding and CDI professionals


  • Overview of malnutrition guidelines
    • Traditional concepts
    • ASPEN 2012
    • GLIM 2018
  • GLIM diagnostic criteria
    • Phenotypic (clinical findings)
    • Etiologic (cause)
    • Stage (severity)
  • Practical application
    • BMI dilemma
    • Acute illness/injury
    • Assessment of muscle mass
    • What to do now
  • Documentation and coding considerations
    • Malnutrition codes
    • Coding guidance
    • Clinical validation
  • Summary: What to do now
  • Resources
  • Live Q&A

Who Should Listen?

  • CDI specialists, managers, and directors
  • HIM managers and directors
  • Inpatient coders
  • Physician advisors
  • Dieticians/nutritionists

Meet the Speakers

Richard Pinson
Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS,
is a physician, educator, and healthcare consultant. He practiced internal medicine and emergency medicine for 25 years, and has trained thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals nationwide. He is the co-author of the best-selling authoritative CDI Pocket Guide, Outpatient CDI Pocket Guide: Focusing on HCCs, The Pocket Guide for Coding Professionals, and the CDI for the Clinician® micro-learning training for physicians. He also writes the monthly Coding Corner column for the American College of Physicians’ ACP Hospitalist magazine.

Cynthia TangCynthia Tang, RHIA, CCS, is a health information management, coding, and CDI consultant. Tang has over 25 years of consulting experience in providing assessment, implementation, and training services for more than 250 healthcare facilities. She is the co-author of the best-selling authoritative CDI Pocket Guide, and related products.




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