Wednesday, July 6, 2016

AMA Calls for Private, Public Health Coverage for Diabetes Prevention Programs

To help more people with prediabetes access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) evidenced-based National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted policy during its Annual Meeting to encourage private and public health plans to include the National DPP as a covered benefit for their beneficiaries.

"More than 86 million Americans are currently living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them are unaware they have it and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We have a proven way to help these people make necessary lifestyle changes that can help them avoid developing the disease, but health coverage for these programs is limited and varies by location and insurer," said incoming AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, M.D. "We urge both private and public health care payors to offer the diabetes prevention program under their health plans to give more people access to these proven programs."

Additionally, the new policy encourages hospitals to offer the program to their patients and supports allocating community benefit dollars to cover the cost of enrolling patients in an in-person or virtual DPP. Under this policy, the AMA will reach out to organizations such as the American Hospital Association and others to develop and disseminate guidance for covering the costs of the CDC's National DPP using community benefit dollars.

To learn more, visit the AMA's website

To learn more about the National DPP in Colorado, visit our website

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