Medically Tailored Food may be the Future of Healthcare

The future of American healthcare could be meals tailored to medical diagnosis. This will be a marked shift away from traditional treatment techniques where Big Pharma reaps the maximum profit. This move will be towards a more common measure of treatment. This is important as physicians and insurers are rewarded for the quantum of services delivered and not the outcome. No wonder the “Food Is Medicine” approach is recommended by non-profits and nutrition experts as a high-impact but low-cost intervention which complements or even supplants the usage of pharmaceutical and expensive drugs.

Medically Tailored Meals (MTM)

Medically Tailored Meals or MTM are those meals specially crafted to meet the needs of particular medical conditions, allergies, side effects, and medications of a person suffering from chronic or severe illness. Research has proved that MTM can considerably improve the health outcomes even as it reduces care expenses. When MTM is done, it is found that the reduction of inpatient organization could be as high as 28 percent. ED visits also went down by nine percent. Medical diets keep patients out of hospitals. This is important as one night spent in a hospital equals six months' worth of MTM.

This increasingly adopted medical consensus resulted in the House Hunger Caucus starting a Food is Medicine Working Group. The latter is a bipartisan one, led by Representative Jim McGovern, an elected Democrat from Massachusetts. The principal aim of this initiative is to better align the health outcomes and government nutrition policy.

Best outcomes

The list of suggestions put down by the group includes a number of policy initiatives like incentivizing healthy food purchases and strengthening Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. It will also add medically tailored meals to care plans of patients suffering from chronic and severe diseases, by which a doctor can prescribe a rounded diet.

The Food is Medicine Working Group by Hunger Caucus regularly meets to discuss research, practice, and the policy of including medically tailored meals in healthcare across the US. This is important as about 120 million Americans are affected by chronic diseases every year. They account for a large chunk, 75 percent, for American healthcare spending. Only by taking new steps, the United States can move toward a much more efficient system to keep people healthy. Both patients and their insurers save a substantial sum of money. The Food is Medicine Group wants to continue the better outcomes of the ACA.

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