Berkowitz, S.A., Terranova, J., Hill, C., Ajayi, T., Linsky, T., Tishler, L.W., & DeWalt, D.A. (2018). Meal delivery programs reduce the use of costly health care in dual eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Health Affairs, 37(4), 535-542.

Year: 2018


In this article, the authors sought to determine whether home delivery of either medically tailored meals or nontailored food reduces the use of selected health care services and medical spending in a sample of adults dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Compared with matched nonparticipants, participants had fewer emergency department visits in both the medically tailored meal program and the nontailored food program. These findings suggest the potential for meal delivery programs to reduce the use of costly health care and decrease spending for vulnerable patients.

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