BROWSE CASE STUDIES Case Studies > Association Between Receipt of a Medically Tailored Meal Program and Health Care Use

Association Between Receipt of a Medically Tailored Meal Program and Health Care Use

April 2019

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Consumers, Researchers, Population Health, Insurance Department, Medicaid

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Utilization, Cost, Health, Commercial, Medicaid, Medicare

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Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis
Kathy.Hines@state.ma.us

Question: Is participating in a medically tailored meal delivery program for medically and socially complex adults associated with fewer inpatient admissions?

Findings: In this cohort study of 1020 adults that used a combined instrumental variable analysis and matching approach, participation in a medically tailored meal delivery program was associated with approximately half the number of inpatient admissions.

Meaning: For medically and socially complex adults, participating in a medically tailored meal delivery program may reduce inpatient admissions, although cautious interpretation is warranted because intervention receipt was not randomized.