AS MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS ACKNOWLEDGE THE ROLE NUTRITION PLAYS IN OVERALL HEALTH, MOM’S MEALS NUTRITION EXPERT SPEAKS AT UPCOMING MEDICARE CONFERENCES
(January 22, 2019 – Des Moines, IA) — As Medicare Advantage plans further recognize the importance of nutrition in overall health, Catherine Macpherson, registered dietitian nutritionist and chief nutrition officer at Mom’s Meals NourishCare, the nation’s leading provider of home-delivered meals for older adults, people recently hospitalized, and people with chronic conditions, will be a featured speaker at three upcoming industry conferences: Medicare Advantage Product Design & Management in Marina del Rey, CA, on January 24, 2019; Medicare Advantage Leadership Innovations in Tempe, Arizona on January 29; and RISE Medicare Marketing & Sales Summit in Las Vegas on February 25.
“This is an exciting time for Medicare Advantage plans and their members,” said Macpherson. “Many plans have recognized the pivotal role that nutrition plays in overall health, particularly as it relates to chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, renal disease, and others. With the additional flexibility allowed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for plans to include supplemental services, we expect to see health plans develop innovative programs for members with chronic conditions.”
At these conferences, Macpherson will highlight how Medicare plans can design benefits that include nutritionally-complete and condition-specific home-delivered meals to help improve patient outcomes while lowering plan costs.
On the opening day of the Medicare Product Design & Management conference, Macpherson will participate in a panel discussion entitled, “The State of Medicare Advantage Regulations and Implications for Your Product.” The panel will discuss recent legislative changes and the subsequent effect on supplemental benefit rules, and how plans can adapt to best develop strategies and implement new product designs for 2020.
Macpherson will be joined on the panel by Lena Perelman, Director, Product Development and Market Expansion, Scan Health Plan and Johnny Chen, Director of Medicare Products, Kaiser Permanente Health Plan.
During the Medicare Advantage Leadership Innovations conference on January 29, Macpherson will again be part of a panel discussion, this one entitled “Filtering through the Noise – Products and Innovations that Really Boost Outcomes and Cut Costs.” During this dialogue, Catherine will share case studies of successful home-delivered meal programs, with evidence showing reduced instances of hospital readmissions, better management of chronic conditions, and preserved health and independence.
At the RISE The 12th Annual Medicare Marketing & Sales Summit, Catherine will participate in a “Lightning Round Showcase” in which experts address solutions to healthcare’s biggest issues. She’ll speak about addressing nutrition.
Macpherson is an expert in healthcare strategy, product management, behavior change, weight management, tobacco cessation, medication adherence, health coaching, disease management and culinary arts. She is the nutrition expert for Mom’s Meals NourishCare and leads the company’s product strategy and development team.
About Mom’s Meals NourishCare
Mom’s Meals NourishCare is a leading nationwide provider of refrigerated, home-delivered prepared meals for long term services and supports chronic care, post-discharge care and self-pay individuals. Menus support major health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and more. For more information, visit www.MomsMeals.com.