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Malnutrition: Screening

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to promote incentives for nutritional screening in (a) payment by results and (b) community tariff payments in primary care. (280494)

No steps have been taken by the Department to promote incentives for nutritional screening in the payment by results national tariff or in community services.

There are no specific admitted patient care or outpatient attendance tariffs for nutritional screening, but the costs of this activity are captured in the reference costs which are collected from national health service organisations, and which inform tariff prices. Most community services are outside the scope of payment by results and are funded through block contracts.