The 6-month program offers nutrition education, healthy foods and recipes, as well as home visits.
Mom’s Meals has launched a pilot initiative to provide healthy eating, nutrition education, home visits and more tools for members of the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) in California with heart failure (HF), announced the program recently.
Mom’s Meals serves those covered by Medicare Advantage and Medicaid plans, Long Term Support and Service (LTSS) programs, and the Alumni Act. The program also offers a self-pay program to help those who are not eligible for government assistance or who are not covered by a qualifying health insurance plan. It partners with more than 500 health plans across the country, including national health plans such as Humana.
In an effort to improve outcomes for Medicare and Medicaid patients, Mom’s Meals dedicates the first half of the 6-month program to providing 3 fully-prepared, low-sodium meals per day to approximately 75 people. In the second semester, it will deliver healthy products and pantries that members can prepare themselves.
Through the program, members receive nutrition education from registered dietitians and healthy recipes, as well as support to learn how to prepare foods that are aligned with the American Heart Association’s dietary guidelines for the IC.
“Providing medically appropriate meals for people with heart failure is feasible and creates positive clinical outcomes, including improvements in physical and mental health,” said Catherine Macpherson, MS, RD, senior vice president of strategy of Health and Director of Nutrition for Mom’s Meals. “When people with heart disease eat healthy foods over a period of time, it can lead to fewer hospitalizations and lower the overall cost of care. “
IEHP Health Navigators also sent members digital scales to help them track weight changes. This can help track general weight loss as well as possible fluid buildup in the body, which poses a risk of hospitalization. During home visits, health navigators perform risk assessments, share CI management plans, and help participants connect with managed care nurses.
“The goal is to make our members healthier themselves,” said Anna Edwards, Clinical Director of Care Management at IEHP. “We help provide the tools necessary for members to make informed decisions about their health, reducing the likelihood of emergencies and the need for hospitalization. “
Supporting more than 1.4 million residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California who are enrolled in Medicaid or Cal MediConnect plans, the IEHP is one of the 10 largest Medicaid health plans and the largest Medicare plan. -Medicaid nonprofit in the United States.
The 6-month program ends in March 2022. If successful, Mom’s Meals and IEHP have said it could be expanded to other member populations.