MetroPlusHealth launches pilot program of medically adapted meals in place of services
Pilot Program Partners with God’s Love We Deliver and NYC Health + Hospitals to Provide Medically Appropriate Meals for People with High Needs
NEW YORK, July 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — One in three chronically ill patients are hospitalized due to malnutrition, which results in lower quality of life and higher healthcare costs than well-nourished patients. On July 1, 2022, MetroMoreHealth, New York City’s high-quality, affordable health plan, has launched its Pilot Medically Adapted Meals at the Service Location (ILS-MTM) program. The free program is open to eligible members age 18 or older, on Medicaid (including Partnership in Care and Health and Recovery Plan), living with cancer, diabetes, heart failure, or HIV / AIDS, and having had a certain number of hospitalizations and/or visits to the emergency room during the last 12 months related to these pathologies. It is also available to members who are currently receiving personal care services and wish to receive Medically Adapted Meals (MTM).
Through the ILS-MTM pilot program, qualified members work with registered dietitian nutritionists who design their menu and provide nutrition education and counseling. These meals are tailored to the member’s specific health needs and can help them access nutritious meals. MetroMoreHealth members can have up to three meals a day delivered to their homes for six months at a time and can continue to receive meals as long as they are eligible to participate in the program.
The partnership with The love of God we deliver (GLWD) ensures that the Medically Appropriate Meal Program is part of the healthcare continuum, widely available to those in need, and always of the highest quality. GLWD serves in the space between hunger and health, and medically tailored meals provide a low-cost, high-impact intervention.
Food is medicine, and nutrition is integral to nurturing and managing illnesses that threaten their health. Registered MTM members shared that the meals helped them live more independently, helped them eat more nutritious food, and made their treatment more bearable. The impact of MTMs and meal delivery programs has reduced emergency department visits, ambulance use, hospital readmissions, and overall healthcare expenditures.
“The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that since May 2021 at May 2022, food prices recorded the largest year-on-year increase in 43 years. Through our partnership with God’s Love We Deliver and NYC Health + Hospitals, we are proud to provide our members with meals designed to improve their health outcomes, reduce the cost of care and increase patient satisfaction,” says dr. Talya SchwartzPresident and CEO of MetroPlusHealth. “When the coronavirus pandemic first hit New York City, New Yorkers experienced food insecurity and saw food prices rise. As the city emerged from lockdown, the price of goods continued to rise. Access to nutritious meals is essential as it impacts physical and mental health.”
“We are delighted with our partnership with MetroPlusHealthfeeding their members with our medically adapted and home-delivered meals,” said Karen PearlPresident and CEO of God’s Love We Deliver. “Research demonstrates that food is medicine, and we look forward to bringing this lifesaving nutritional intervention to so many. Our delicious personalized meals will support MetroPlusHealth the health and well-being of members, helping them to stay out of hospitals and at home, improving their health and reducing the cost of their care. »
“We are thrilled that more patients at NYC Health + Hospitals are benefiting from medically appropriate meals through this evidence-based program,” says dr. Nicholas Davispopulation manager at NYC Health + Hospitals. “We know that healthy eating is essential to good health and we are committed to helping New Yorkers break down unfair barriers to getting and staying healthy. It’s exciting to see New York State taking this important step to ensure that New Yorkers with diet-related illness have enough nutritious food to support their health and well-being.”
MetroMoreHealth members wishing to enroll in the ILS-MTM pilot program can wait for a call from a representative. Membership in the program is entirely up to the member. If a member decides not to join, it will not affect their Medicaid eligibility or benefits. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-3030-9626 (TTY: 711), Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..
Photos of the meals are available here. Photo credits to Kerri Brewer and Lauren Radel for food styling.
Since 1985, MetroPlusHealth has established a reputation for providing access to quality, affordable health care to residents of New York City. MetroMoreHealth is the plan of choice for more than 660,000 New Yorkers and has a five-star rating based on the state’s 2020 Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid and Child Health Plus Managed Care Plans in New York City. The health plan’s strong network of physicians and primary care specialists includes many independent community providers. Culturally sensitive and fluent in over 40 languages, MetroPlusHealth the staff is as diverse as the major city it serves. For more information on MetroPlusHealth plans, benefits and services, visit www.metroplus.org and join the conversation on facebook.com/metroplushealth and Twitter @metroplushealth. MetroMoreHealth is a wholly owned subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system.