MDwise adds meal delivery for members who are COVID positive or face chronic conditions

3/17/2021
 
MDwise, a health maintenance organization that serves more than 300,000 Hoosiers on Medicaid, is now offering home-delivered, medically tailored meals to members.  Meals are available to members who test positive for COVID-19 as well as for members with congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease and/or diabetes post discharge from an in-patient hospital stay.
 
To be eligible for the meals, members must agree to check in regularly with an MDwise care manager.
 
“Accessing healthy food is a challenge for many of our members in the best of times,” said Jessica Cromer, CEO of MDwise. “And with COVID, it’s even more difficult, so we want to remove that barrier for our most medically vulnerable members.”
 
“The program will improve the health and wellbeing of Hoosiers, as well as lower overall healthcare costs,” Cromer said. According to the Journal of American Medical Association study, participation in a medically tailored meal program appears to be associated with fewer unplanned hospital and skilled nursing admissions and less overall medical spending.
 
MDwise has partnered with GA Foods to provide and deliver meals that are nutritionally balanced and filled with the highest-quality ingredients. All meals come with milk, bread and either fruit, juice or dessert.
 
MDwise members can learn more about home-delivered, medically tailored meals by contacting customer service at 1-800-356-1204. 
 

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About MDwise

MDwise is an Indiana-licensed nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to 300,000 Medicaid members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana.
 
MDwise is a provider-owned health plan with a large network of doctors, specialists and hospitals located throughout the state. By meeting the basic requirements of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) rigorous standards for consumer protection and quality improvement, MDwise was awarded NCQA’s accreditation status of Accredited for service and clinical quality. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to their family and friends. For more information, visit MDwise.org.


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