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Lowering Costs and Readmission Rates Through a Meal Delivery Program

As health systems nationwide try to address social determinants of health, the Maine Medical Center and the Southern Maine Agency on Aging formed a partnership to provide appropriate meals to Medicare patients transitioning from the hospital, reducing costs and readmission rates.
As healthcare systems strive to deliver better care for their patients, the role of food insecurity and other social determinants of health have gained the attention of hospitals nationwide. In Maine, the Maine Medical Center and the Southern Maine Agency on Aging formed a partnership to provide appropriate meals to Medicare patients transitioning from the hospital. Findings from the collaboration were published in the June issue of The American Journal of Managed Care.®

We spoke with Katlyn Blackstone, chief program officer, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, about the program, their results, and the importance of Medicare coverage for these kinds of initiatives.

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