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Recent Study Finds Health Care Cost Savings From Medically Tailored Meals Model

A study out of Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy published on Oct. 17 showcases the power and promise of medically tailored meals for people living with diet related illnesses.

The Food Is Medicine Coalition’s (FIMC) medically tailed meal model has been shown by previous research to be associated with positive health outcomes and lower cost of care for patients with complex chronic and severe illnesses. Yet, this intervention is not a covered benefit in Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance funding streams.

A study conducted by the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy modeled the efficacy of universal implementation of the model. It found that if all eligible patients received access to medically tailored meals, 1,594,000 hospitalizations could be avoided in the first year of service, a net cost savings of $13.6 billion.

Open Arms is a proud member of the Food Is Medicine Coalition and participant in the medically tailored meal model. Read the full press release about the study here.

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