Your stay in the hospital could become a little healthier. Under Obamacare, hospitals are offering healthier food options to patients, according to The Washington Post.
Hospitals across the country are investing in healthier food initiatives by offering hotel-style room service, growing on-site gardens, and selling local produce in the lobbies.
More hospitals are investing in their patients’ experiences as a means to gain greater reimbursements outlined in the new health reform law. In order to receive those reimbursements, hospitals must score well on patient satisfaction surveys. Hospitals believe that a better culinary experience will improve patients’ overall satisfaction.
“Patients remember their food… It’s the one thing that comes to them three times a day,” says Richard Schenkel, the CEO of a Boston-based company that manages food service at hospitals.