Become a nutrition-focused physical exam pro
Dietitians On Demand is on a mission to provide registered dietitians nationwide with opportunities to advance their practice and elevate the profession. The nutrition-focused physical exam (NFPE) is the best tool a dietitian can use when it comes to identifying, documenting and treating malnutrition. Since 2019, Dietitians On Demand has provided the industry’s most straight-forward and customizable NFPE Training available.
The nutrition-focused physical exam is the best clinical practice tool a dietitian can use when it comes to identifying malnutrition. Since 2019, Dietitians On Demand has provided the industry’s most straight-forward and customizable nutrition-focused physical exam training available for continuing education credit.
Our on-site Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam Training program design
Upgrade and update your clinical practice with hands-on training designed to give dietitians immediate confidence performing the nutrition-focused physical exam in any setting — hospital, long-term care, and outpatient.
Pre-training resources: Prepare for your NFPE training with pre-delivered educational resources focused on malnutrition diagnosis, documentation, and reimbursement, plus a dedicated session on physical assessment of micronutrient deficiencies. Each participant will earn an extra five continuing education credits (5 CPEUs) and can access learning materials before and after the training. Download a list of topics included in the pre-training resources.
Peer-to-peer NFPE training: View images of targeted areas of fat wasting, muscle wasting, and fluid accumulation followed by live demonstrations of how to assess and accurately identify these specific areas on the body. Each attendee will practice NFPE principles on a peer partner while our trainer circulates and offers guidance. Dietitians will also learn the importance of asking about a patient’s functional status and what this can tell us about nutrition status. (This portion of the training is offered for continuing education credit.)
Hands-on patient practice: Our team will accompany your dietitians to patient care units to practice applying NFPE techniques with real patients. This key component will raise your dietitians’ level of confidence and competence as they see and feel fat and muscle wasting with their own hands. This is also a great opportunity for dietitians to collaborate and compare findings after each patient session, honing assessment techniques and standardizing care. (This portion of the training is offered for continuing education credit.)
Post-training debriefing: This important post-training session is a chance to formulate a game plan for your facility to tackle malnutrition head on. Our expert trainer is a practicing dietitian and can answer questions you have about documentation, reimbursement, and more. Previous clients have expressed gratitude for this guided discussion to improve their dietitians’ malnutrition-focused care.
Please note: Our virtual training is no longer available. All trainings will be presented as private, in-person events at a mutually agreed-upon date and time.
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Why choose Dietitians On Demand for Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam Training?
Convenience. Our NFPE trainings are booked on your schedule at your convenience. Our on-site training options last no longer than four hours to minimize disruptions during the workday.
Live instructor feedback from a practicing dietitian. Unlike competitors, our trainer still practices in an acute care setting and understands real-life struggles facing dietitians. Our NFPE training techniques are rooted in practicality. We teach you just what you need to know to deliver the best patient care possible.
Customizable. We have provided NFPE training to acute and long-term care facilities, WIC programs, internships, pediatric groups, and more. We can tailor the training to your dietitians’ unique needs, whether they are new to NFPE or just need a refresher. The training can also be geared towards adult populations or pediatric populations.
Affordable. Reimbursement from just two malnutrition diagnoses is enough to pay for our NFPE training for 20 dietitians. The per-person and per-CE costs of our NFPE training is lower than our major competitor.
How our NFPE training prices compare to competitors
Our in-person NFPE trainings start at $4,500 and can accommodate up to 20 dietitian attendees. For a fully booked training, this breaks down to $225 per person. Depending on optional customized add-ons to an NFPE training, the price per CE credit hour is approximately $25 per CE credit per person. Quotes are customized for each unique request, so please submit the form on this page to receive your quote.
Why do dietitians need NFPE training?
The two published sets of malnutrition diagnostic criteria both prominently feature physical findings as important assessment data points to support a diagnosis of malnutrition. In fact, on the 2012 Malnutrition Diagnostic Consensus Criteria published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), two-thirds of the diagnostic parameters are physical findings. When dietitians are not utilizing NFPE principles, they are likely not identifying all patients with malnutrition.
Study after study demonstrates the negative impact that malnutrition has on several clinical outcomes, including unplanned hospital readmissions, length of stay, falls, pressure injuries, discharge destination, mortality, and more. Without accurate identification of malnutrition and early nutrition intervention, patients are suffering unnecessarily and healthcare facilities are feeling the impact of these poor clinical outcomes.
In addition, underidentification of malnutrition interferes with a healthcare facility’s reimbursement for costs of care. When malnutrition is not documented or diagnosed appropriately, a hospital or long-term care facility can miss out on increased reimbursement to cover the increased costs of care associated with malnutrition. The reality is, patients with malnutrition require more resources to care for them and they have higher costs of care, irrespective of length of stay. With accurate diagnosis of malnutrition and a dietitian’s supporting nutrition assessment, your healthcare facility can claim the reimbursement that is rightfully yours.
Beginning in January 2024, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be implementing a new quality measure called the Global Malnutrition Composite Score. Hospitals can choose to report on the quality of their malnutrition care. Many times, a malnutrition diagnosis hinges on a dietitian’s assessment. With the Global Malnutrition Composite Score, the dietitian’s nutrition assessment – including the nutrition-focused physical exam – is a critically important step in making sure patients are receiving the best nutrition care.
Bottom line – registered dietitians are the malnutrition champions and the only clinicians who can complete a nutrition-focused physical exam. NFPE is an essential component of nutrition assessments and a required competency for dietitians. It’s the only way to provide the best nutrition care to your patients and have a positive impact on patient outcomes and reimbursement.
Looking for NFPE training for one person?
If you are looking for NFPE training for yourself, rather than a group, we have an On-Demand NFPE Training that would fit the bill. Led by the same NFPE trainer, this video-led training is perfect for the solo practitioner. This training includes all the same principles as our on-site training with video demonstrations of nutrition-focused physical exam techniques. You can practice many of the skills on yourself or a friend. The On-Demand NFPE Training is worth 3.5 hours of continuing education credit (3.5 CPEU).
If you’d like to round out your malnutrition education, we recommend our comprehensive Malnutrition Training Program. Worth 12 hours of continuing education credit (12 CPEU), this training package will help you better understand the impact of malnutrition in healthcare settings and lead the charge at your facility. The Malnutrition Training Program includes the video-led NFPE Training.
Why choose DOD?
Our NFPE trainings are booked on your schedule at your convenience. Our on-site training options can be as short as four hours to minimize disruptions during the workday.
Live instructor feedback
Unlike competitors, our trainer still practices in an acute care setting and understands real-life struggles facing dietitians. Our NFPE training techniques are rooted in practicality.
We have provided NFPE training to acute and long-term care facilities, WIC programs, internships, pediatric groups, and more. We can tailor the training to your dietitians’ unique needs.
Reimbursement from just two malnutrition diagnoses is enough to pay for our NFPE training for 20 dietitians. The per-person and per-CE costs of our NFPE training is lower than our major competitors.
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