Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) May 02, 2013
Mom’s Meals, a leading provider of nutrition solutions and home delivered meals for those choosing independent living, recuperating at home or managing a chronic disease, will showcase its nutrition expertise during a webinar on Thursday, May 16, for Florida Medical Quality Assurance, Inc. (FMQAI) and its healthcare partners. Dr. Sam Beattie, Mom’s Meals’ Director of Nutrition Services and Education, will present evidence-based data on how nutritional interventions impact hospital readmissions and improve patient outcomes.
On October 1, 2012, under a provision in the Affordable Care Act intended to curb high readmission rates, new penalties were imposed for hospital readmissions that exceeded the national average for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and pneumonia, all maladies striking our seniors at an alarmingly high rate.
“Hospital readmissions, which cost U.S. taxpayers in excess of $17-billion a year, can be reduced,” said Beattie. “But there is an ongoing tug-of-war between what causes them, how to stem the tide, and who should pay for any efforts to curb them.”
A Care Transitions pilot study by FMQAI showed that patient readmissions were significantly reduced with nutritional intervention. In the report, readmission rates declined by 67% from the community average when patients were provided meals at home after a hospital stay.
“Our concern is that the crucial role good nutrition plays may be overlooked at discharge,” said Beattie. “Medical professionals know that too much sodium or being overweight impacts cardiac health. But what we think is missing from the solution is nutrition – actually having healthy meals, with the right health condition nutritional guidelines, on hand when you need them or you simply don’t have the energy to make them.”
Mom’s Meals, which provides nutritionally balanced meals delivered right to a customer’s door, serves those living independently who may temporarily or no longer be able to shop for themselves or prepare their own meals. The company also focuses on those recuperating at home and also has a program available for eligible seniors who qualify for Medicaid waiver assistance programs.
Meals from Mom’s Meals are fresh-made and options are available for customers on specific diets including heart-healthy meals that are both low sodium and low fat, diabetic-friendly meals with 60 carbs or less, vegetarian, gluten-free, and renal meals, for kidney disease patients on hemodialysis, home dialysis, or peritoneal dialysis.
Mom’s Meals strives to be the leading expert and provider of senior and patient nutrition to preserve health, help combat chronic disease, support recuperation and nourish independence for higher quality living. The company is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home meal delivery to customers nationwide, specializing in senior and patient care for over 12 years. Mom’s Meals are fresh-made and options are available for customers on specific diets including heart-healthy meals that are both low sodium and low fat, diabetic-friendly meals with 60 carbs or less, vegetarian, gluten-free, and renal meals, for kidney disease patients on hemodialysis, home dialysis, or peritoneal dialysis. Mom’s Meals prepares, packages, and ships ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door, delivered anywhere in the United States.
FMQAI is dedicated to improving quality care delivery and health outcomes through data, education, and assistance. By collaborating with physician practices, health plans, home health agencies, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and hospitals, FMQAI seeks to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive the right care, in the right setting, every time.