An article from Inside Health Policy reports on AHIP’s recently announced partnership with the CDC to prevent type 2 diabetes in individuals who have prediabetes.
From the article:
- “Meanwhile, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who pushed to include a diabetes prevention provision in the health reform law and has sponsored legislation to require Medicare coverage of the initiative, lauds the insurance industry’s recently announced partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to offer intensive interventions for patients at high risk for getting diabetes. America’s Health Insurance Plans said earlier this month that it intends to work with four member plans in Florida, New Mexico, New York and Texas to implement the program.”
- “‘Diabetes affects millions of people all over America, but in many cases, it’s preventable,’ Franken says in an email. ‘I’ve been working to expand the Diabetes Prevention Program – including to veterans in Minnesota and elsewhere – because it’s been proven to significantly reduce the onset of diabetes and, in many cases, cut health care costs. I’m pleased to hear that these insurers will offer the program, because it will keep patients happier and healthier, and hopefully cut costs for these companies and their customers,’ he states.”
- “The participating plans…will collect data from the participating sites, which AHIP will compile and report to the CDC. AHIP says it will also promote the program, and notes that the project may be expanded to other health plans and states.”
- “‘AHIP and its member health plans are excited to work with the CDC to implement the National DPP in communities across the country,’ AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni said. ‘Our shared goal is to identify successful models for prevention and wellness across the entire health care system.’”
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