New Publication: Food Banks as Partners in Health Promotion: Creating Connections for Client & Community Health

New Publication: Food Banks as Partners in Health Promotion: Creating Connections for Client & Community Health

7.9.15 Food Banks as Partners in Health Promotion - coverIn July 2015 CHLPI released the white paper Food Banks as Partners in Health Promotion: Creating Connections for Client & Community Health.

Food banks are embedded in local communities across the country. They are central to the
economic well-being of clients, who often struggle to find regular access to food. Food banks partner with government agencies, donors, and private companies to serve the interests of the more than 46 million individuals in the United States at risk of hunger.

Food banks do not need to be experts in health care, but they can be important partners in health promotion for their clients and local communities. Feeding America has
increased national efforts to provide Foods to Encourage, or foods that align with the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, at member food banks. Recent changes in health care delivery may enable food banks to play a more formal role in health promotion and tailor some services to food insecure populations with specific health needs. There are new incentives for health providers to increase community engagement in order to improve health outcomes for clients. For food bank directors and partner agencies, this means potential opportunities for partnership and new sources of funding.

This White Paper aims to describe some shifts in the health care landscape that open up new opportunities for the nation’s food banks. It will also discuss several of the ways
that food banks can take advantage of these developments to become a partner for health care providers. It outlines some top concerns for food banks seeking to form these partnerships, including capacity to invest resources in building new relationships and/or tailoring and expanding services.

Read the White Paper.

New Publication: Reconsidering Cost-Sharing for Diabetes Self-Management Education: Recommendations for Policy Reform

6.11.15 Reconsidering Cost-Sharing for DSME - coverThe Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation PATHS program just released the report Reconsidering Cost-Sharing for Diabetes Self-Management Education: Recommendations for Policy Reform (June 2015).

Diabetes self-management education (DSME) provides a valuable opportunity for individuals living with diabetes to gain the knowledge, skills, and motivation to effectively manage their condition, and thereby avoid or postpone the onset of serious and costly complications. However, reports from providers, educators, and patients like Joan indicate that the costs associated with DSME may be acting as a significant deterrent to participation in the program.

In this white paper, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) at Harvard Law School therefore examines the role of DSME in diabetes treatment and whether the reduction or elimination of cost-sharing obligations associated with DSME would be a cost-effective strategy for increasing program enrollment. Based upon the findings of recent cost-benefit analyses, the authors conclude that insurers should provide coverage of DSME with little or no cost-sharing in order to both improve patient health and curb costs.

Read the Report.