Evaluating Coverage of Nutrition Services for the Medicare Population (2000)
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Committee on Nutrition Services for Medicare Beneficiaries, Food and Nutrition Board
Malnutrition and obesity are both common among Americans over age 65. There are also a host of other medical conditions from which older people and other Medicare beneficiaries suffer that could be improved with appropriate nutritional intervention. Despite that, access to a nutrition professional is very limited.
Do nutrition services benefit older people in terms of morbidity, mortality, or quality of life?
Which health professionals are best qualified to provide such services?
What would be the cost to Medicare of such services? Would the cost be offset by reduced illness in this population?
This book addresses these questions, provides recommendations for nutrition services for the elderly, and considers how the coverage policy should be approached and practiced. The book discusses the role of nutrition therapy in the management of a number of diseases. It also examines what the elderly receive in the way of nutrition services along the continuum of care settings and addresses the areas of expertise needed by health professionals to provide appropriate nutrition services and therapy.
National Research Council. The Role of Nutrition in Maintaining Health in the Nation's Elderly: Evaluating Coverage of Nutrition Services for the Medicare Population. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2000.