ADA 81st Symposium: A Targeted Approach of Delivering Diabetes Education Improved Health Outcomes in Vulnerable Populations
Aug 14, 2021
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA
Author: Kornelia Ilias, Pharm.D. Candidate, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Diet and exercise coaches are the future of preventing T2D in patients with overweight or obesity.
Dr. Kenrik Duru and his team investigated the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) among Medicaid patients living in California. A previous analysis simulated 25-year outcomes of Medi-Cal recipients enrolled in a DPP. The study found that the program reduced the incidence of diabetes between 2.5-3.8% but had no financial savings until 25 years. The program received funding because an estimated twenty-five thousand patients with prediabetes would benefit. As of 2019, Medi-Cal was required to provide qualified adult participants this benefit if they had overweight or obesity. Reimbursement rates were based on patient participation and weight loss. There were several weaknesses found with this program. Many patients had no interest in receiving this assistance, and all three of the approved suppliers offered online classes only....
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