Florida has more elderly and disabled than most states. These two groups make up 20% of the pool of Medicaid enrollees yet use 60% of the funding. With a new treatment program proven by research, experience in nine other states, and a clinical trial to save on costs, people heal and get well. The new treatment is Food is Medicine programs: medically tailored meals, medically tailored groceries, and produce prescriptions. People learn to eat to beat their disease, recover, and need less emergency services and unexpected hospitalizations as vitality is restored. Win!
What if Florida takes the greatest Medicaid liability – our large pool of seniors and people with diabilties– and turn them into our greatest asset?
A whole new FiM supply chain can be brought to life with local businesses, hospitals, clinics, physicians and food growers, meal makers. All will be profited by the $1.6Billion in new revenue streaming into Florida over the next decade with $2 out of $3 coming from the Federal Government. Win!
Florida stands to gain a massive benefit of 3X the value of each Florida $ invested. Florida funds only 1/3 of the cost per patient < $1,000, while sharing in 50% of the $6,000 savings generated for each high need patient on Food is Medicine programs. Without Medicaid Waiver 1115, Florida is leaving $868 million on the table it could be adding back into its own bottom line. Respsonsible, reasonable leadership is working on this now.
This $1.6 Billion Business winfall in 10 years is a
Win, Win, Win!
ABBOTT PARK, Ill. and OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 8, 2023 — A study of Abbott’s Healthy Food Rx, a food as medicine program that provides home-delivered medical prescriptions of healthy food to help address diabetes, showed clinically important benefits for people with diabetes. The real-world study, which was conducted by the Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition (PHI CWN) in an active community clinic over a 12-month period, found that Healthy Food Rx participants had lower A1C levels, improved diabetes self-management, and improved overall diet quality and food security.
In 2021, Abbott and its foundation the Abbott Fund launched the Healthy Food Rx program in Stockton, Calif., where 60% of the population has diabetes or prediabetes. The program was designed and implemented by PHI’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition, and brings together Stockton-based organizations to help individuals living with diabetes by delivering free recipe-based food boxes to approximately 450 participants’ homes and providing hands-on education about managing their diabetes through nutrition. PHI CWN’s study showed the following results after 12 months:
The True Cost of Food: FiM Case Study Report highlights the findings from two “True Cost of Food” case studies that evaluated the health and economic impacts of scaling medically tailored meals and produce prescriptions nationally. The case study on medically tailored meals found that national implementation could result in 1.6 million averted hospitalizations and a net cost savings of $13.6 billion annually. The case study on produce prescriptions found that national implementation for patients with diabetes and food insecurity could result in 292,000 averted cardiovascular events, with high value cost effectiveness compared to other well-established medical interventions from the Food is Medicine Institute at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and The Rockefeller Foundation.
Impact of Produce Prescriptions on Diet, Food Security, and Cardiometabolic Health Outcomes: A Multisite Evaluation of 9 Produce Prescription Programs in the United States, Kurt Hager, Mengxi Du, Zhongyu Li, Dariush Mozaffarian, Kenneth Chui, Peilin Shi, Brent Ling, Sean B. Cash, Sara C. Folta and Fang Fang Zhang
Originally published 29 Aug 2023 Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2023;16 https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.122.009520
August 29, 2023: Fruit and vegetable ‘prescriptions’ may lead to better heart health by Teddy Amenabar, Washington Post
Lu Wang PhD email@example.com , Brianna N. Lauren MS , Kurt Hager PhD , Fang Fang Zhang MD, PhD , John B. Wong MD , David D. Kim PhD , and Dariush Mozaffarian MD, DrPH.
PRx are medical treatments or preventive services that provide access to healthy fruits and vegetables for patients with diet-related health risks or conditions who are food insecure or face documented challenges in accessing nutritious foods.
The first report in the series, Mainstreaming Produce Prescriptions: A Policy Scan, provides a high-level overview of current opportunities to sustain and scale PRx via U.S. health care and food policies. Mainstreaming Produce Prescriptions: A Policy Strategy Report then builds on this framework by providing policy recommendations addressing five core challenges limiting access to these vital programs: Funding, Research, Patient Data and Privacy, Infrastructure, and Advancing the Field.
Kristin Sukys, Erika Hanson, Katie Garfield & Emily Broad Leib, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Mainstreaming Produce Prescriptions in Medicaid Managed Care: A Policy Toolkit and Resource Library (June 2023).
Source: 2022 Hager K et al. JAMA Network Open Supplement tables JAMA, Association of National Expansion of Insurance Coverage of Medically Tailored Meals With Estimated Hospitalizations and Health Care Expenditures in the US. Kurt Hager, MS; Frederick P. Cudhea, PhD; John B. Wong, MD; Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH; Sarah Downer, JD; Brianna N. Lauren, BS; Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, published 10/2022
This one report from the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation is the foundation to all Florida Health & Nutrition Coalition members work and research. Food and Society at the Aspen Institute’s Food is Medicine Initiative aims to expand access to proven interventions through research. The Food is Medicine Research Action Plan publishes a comprehensive set of recommendations for creating an evidence base that will advance health care integration, build a holistic understanding of effectiveness, and engage communities, providers, and researchers. Food and Society, working with its expert Food is Medicine Advisory Board,to establish concrete steps to build on existing efforts and engage new actors, advancing research across the full spectrum of interventions, from prevention to treatment. The Research Action Plan serves as both a catalyst and framework for government and philanthropic investment in the field. In our view this is a must-read for all FiM Researchers.
The NIH Nutrition Research Report 2020-2021 summarizes nutrition research activities supported and conducted by NIH ICOs in Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021. This report and an accompanying Executive Summary are now available. These documents detail FY19-FY21 funding levels for NIH-supported nutrition research and training, as well as providing highlights of selected accomplishments, gaps and opportunities, and future directions for nutrition.
NIH ONR shared this infographic with the 4 quadrants of work which complete the ecosystem. These are the same set of stakeholders the Florida Health and Nutrition Coalition view is needed to make Food is Medicine work for all Floridians.
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