Medically Tailored Meals
The goal of offering medically tailored meals following discharge from an institutional setting (i.e. hospital, skilled nursing facility, etc.) is to provide healthy meals that promote continued healing, thereby reducing the likelihood of re-admission. For members who have a chronic condition, the goal of the medically tailored meals program is to help members build their understanding of healthy eating by choosing and eating healthy meal options while working with a nutrition coach to expand their skills and adopt practices to keep themselves healthy.
Many Seniors have never talked with a nutritionist or learned about the important role nutritional foods play in their optimal health and wellbeing. Additionally, cooking nutritional meals after returning home following a hospitalization or short term stay in a nursing facility may be taxing. To help our MSHO members obtain healthy meals while learning about nutrition, we have made home delivered meals available for up to two four weeks following a discharge from an institutional setting, and for up to 12 weeks if the member has an identified chronic condition. Nutritional education is also provided to the members along with their meals.
Blue Plus is partnering with Open Arms, a nonprofit that cooks and delivers nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses, on this work.
How Health Plans Support the Project
Blue Plus has contracted with Open Arms to offer two medically-tailored meal programs available as a supplemental benefit to MSHO members.
More information about Open Arms is available at Openarmsmn.org