April 6, 2018

Meal Delivery Programs Linked to Fewer Emergency Visits, Lower Costs

Providing home-delivered meals to food insecure people may decrease health care spending, according to a study published by Health Affairs. Researchers found medically tailored meals program participants experienced fewer emergency department visits, inpatient admissions and emergency transportation use compared with nonparticipants. They said non-tailored food program participants also saw fewer ED visits and emergency transportation use, but not fewer inpatient admissions. Additionally, both the medically tailored meal program and the non-tailored food program were associated with lower medical spending, according to the study. The study authors concluded that their findings suggest the potential for meal delivery programs to reduce the use of costly health care and decrease spending for vulnerable patients.