Medi-Cal Medically Tailored Meals (MTM) Pilot Program is a medical nutrition intervention for Medi-Cal beneficiaries with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure. Aimed at improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs, the Medi-Cal benefit includes complete nutrition of three meals per day, for 12 weeks and four Medical Nutrition Therapy sessions during the intervention, at no cost to the patient.
California is leading the country by launching the first statewide, Medically Tailored Meal program in the United States. The first-of-its-kind medical nutrition pilot program, California Senate Bill (SB) 97 was signed into law in June 2017 with $6 million dollars funding over a three-year period. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) oversees the program and will evaluate it at the end of the three years.
“Food as medicine: A randomized controlled trial of home delivered, medically tailored meals (MTHDM) on quality of life in metastatic lung and non-colorectal GI cancer patients.”
This study, the first randomized-controlled trial of medically tailored meals as a healthcare intervention, is evaluating standard of care versus standard of care and MTHDM in metastatic lung and non-colorectal GI cancers with primary aim comparing QUOL between 2 arms at 12 weeks using the fact-G questionnaire.