April 5, 2018
Refer eligible Medicaid patients to local Diabetes Prevention Program in April
There is a free, educational program available to eligible Health Partners (Medicaid) patients at risk of type 2 diabetes that has been proven to help prevent or delay the disease*. It’s a Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change program — or diabetes prevention program (DPP) — and we encourage you to refer at-risk patients.
Learn more about the program here. In addition to your guidance on preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes, referring patients to a local DPP might prove beneficial because of the small group support the program offers.
Providers can refer eligible patients to participate in a local DPP class in April at the locations below. Because the program requires a commitment from patients, they should demonstrate motivation to participate, as the benefits of delaying or preventing diabetes are paramount.
The Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Library
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health
For a list of additional classes and locations, enter your patient’s zip code at YMCA.net. For a full list of your eligible patients, contact your NAM (Network Account Manager). If you have any questions, contact the Provider Services Helpline at 1-888-991-9023 (M-F, 9:00 a.m.—5:30 p.m.).
- HPP Diabetes Management
- Medicaid DPP Eligibility Requirements
- CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program
*Based on the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommendation, July 2014, https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/diabetes-combined-diet-and-physical-activity-promotion-programs-prevent-type-2-diabetes