Meals-as-medicine platform Season Well being introduced Wednesday that it’s partnering with market healthAlign to supply vitamin advantages to Medicare Benefit beneficiaries.
Austin, Texas-based Season Well being’s resolution serves folks with continual situations and offers scientific vitamin care, meal suggestions, schooling and meals supply. It has raised over $37 million in enterprise capital funding. Additionally based mostly in Austin, healthAlign is an aging-in-place market, which means it’s utilized by payers to supply in-home service advantages. It’s a subsidiary of The Helper Bees, a house well being firm, and serves all 50 states.
By way of the partnership, meals and meals will probably be supplied as a service on healthAlign’s market. Every month Season Well being will present these companies to about 5,500 members of “three out of the six largest Medicare Benefit plans,” which work with healthAlign, in line with a information launch. Josh Hix, co-founder and CEO of Season, declined to call the well being plans, nevertheless.
Season Well being has three choices for members: shelf-stable pantry packing containers, which embody objects like canned soups, greens and cereals; grocery errands, the place members can order recent and frozen meals in addition to house provides; and a food-as-medicine bundle, which incorporates all the companies supplied on Season Well being’s platform and is meant for these with continual illness. For the latter, the member would interact with a Season dietitian and will order meals and pre-made meals on the platform, in addition to obtain ongoing assist, Hix mentioned.
“Making wholesome meals accessible to everyone is the start line to every part surrounding food-as-medicine,” he mentioned in an interview. “So for all members, they’ve acquired the pantry field and the grocery errand. For these dwelling with continual illness, they will get this food-as-medicine bundle.”
Season selected to work with healthAlign due to its connections with payers, which supplies the meals firm the power to succeed in extra folks, Hix mentioned. He’s additionally seeking to enhance scientific outcomes, equivalent to reaching a 1.3 level discount in A1C ranges for members with diabetes.
“The scientific objectives are the identical as all the time: assist folks with continual illness handle or reverse that continual illness,” Hix mentioned. “The enterprise objectives are scale and attain … By way of the partnership with healthAlign, we’re partnered with these very massive plans, which serves to drive the amount we will attain and assist a lot of members. By way of that, we will proceed to construct the proof base that these are vital advantages.”
In the meantime, healthAlign hopes to ease the method for payers in offering vitamin advantages, mentioned Andy Friedell, founder and CEO of healthAlign. Payers may save $13.6 billion yearly by protecting medically-tailored meals, a current research in JAMA Community Open confirmed.
“The objective of this partnership is to attach older adults with vitamin assist by the Season Well being platform, circumventing most of the key ache factors that plans encounter in implementing meal and vitamin advantages, and supporting elevated alternatives for sufferers with continual situations to stay effectively,” he mentioned in an e-mail.
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