We measure the return on investment for the provision of medically tailored meals through healthcare payment models. Data from our research projects is instrumental in building the evidence base and furthering our work and that of the broader Food is Medicine field.
Impact of Medically Tailored Meals on Food Insecure Diabetic Patients
Our medically tailored meals for diabetic patients with food insecurity study, examining whether our meal intervention changed diabetic patients’ diet in a way that showed improved health, was published in the Journal for General Internal Medicine. The study was funded by BCBS of MA and BNY Mellon. Results showed that diabetic patients who received our medically tailored meals ate more vegetables, fruits, & whole grains, & decreased their consumption of fats & added sugars. Read the study abstract.
Evaluating Impact of Medically Tailored Meals Provided Through Health Insurance
Our health insurance claims data study, evaluating the impact of medically tailored meals provided through health insurance, was funded by AARP Foundation and undertaken in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital and Commonwealth Care Alliance. The study looked at healthcare claims data of CCA patients who received our medically tailored meals compared against control groups with similar demographics, and demonstrated a 16% net reduction in average monthly healthcare costs for patients who received Community Servings’ meals. The study was published in the April 2018 issue of the journal Health Affairs. Learn more about the study and the results.
Evaluating the Food is Medicine Approach on Health
This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Evidence for Action” funded study evaluates the Food is Medicine approach on health. The project studies the impact of Community Servings’ medically tailored meals program on healthcare expenditures, inpatient hospitalizations, and ER visits in severely and nutritionally vulnerable adults. Dr. Seth Berkowitz from MGH will serve as co-primary investigator along with Jean Terranova, Community Servings’ Director of Food & Health Policy. Other key partners include a secondary researcher from the Mongan Institute Health Policy Center and the MA Department of Health. Results of the 30-month project are expected in summer of 2019.