What The Doctor Ordered

Two New York City hospitals are joining a nationwide program that allows doctors to prescribe fruits and vegetables to high-risk, low-income patients. “Health Bucks” are worth $2 for each family member and can be used to purchase goods at farmers markets once a week.  Wholesome Wave, a Connecticut-based organization initiated the health program which has been modeled in eight other states.

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Reducing Readmission Rates Through Nutrition

Last week, Boston-based Steward Health Care launched an initiative to provide healthy foods to 55 heart failure patients for one month in an effort to reduce readmission rates for a disease with one of the highest. Up to one-third of these patients land back in the hospital within 30 days of being sent home, and many physicians believe good nutrition is the key.

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Nutritional Makeover For Hospital Food

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsEarlier today, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) announced more than 400 hospitals will benefit from expanded nutritional standards which aim to offer healthier meals to patients, visitors and employees.  The expansion will impact 41 million patients nationwide.

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