Health Data Management July 12, 2019
Fred Bazzoli

In the midst of metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul, surrounded by the rich farmland of the Midwest, lurks a food desert, believed to be the fifth largest in the U.S. Metro residents lack access to adequate and inexpensive supplies of fresh fruit, vegetables and other “whole” foods.

That leads to poor eating habits, particularly for those prone to chronic health conditions, such as diabetes. These populations also are likely to delay treatment and consume more healthcare resources.

These problems weren’t of immediate concern to health plans—until recently. More insurers are covering lives of those on Medicare and Medicaid, and taking on more risk in the process. Minnesota plans saw the linkages between poor nutrition and poor health, and began to look for...