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Diabetes Prevention Program for Medicare Advantage Patients - 2022

Date:
July 26, 2022

To: All Providers

Contracts affected: Medicare Advantage

As a reminder, the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (M-DPP) is a no-cost program to help your Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York Medicare Advantage patients with prediabetes manage their condition. This evidence-based, CDC-recognized program helps educate and offer support for older adults diagnosed with prediabetes or who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

The program offers in-person or virtual sessions. In-person sessions are held at local community centers in groups of 10 to 15.

The M-DPP program educates patients on healthy eating and exercise habits to reach the goal of 5% weight loss – decreasing the risk of type 2 diabetes by more than 70%. Losing weight may also help manage other conditions with fewer medications, including those that treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The program is facilitated by a certified Life Coach, and helps participants set and achieve personalized goals in weight loss, physical activity, healthy eating, and lifestyle changes. M-DPP is a covered benefit for your Highmark BSNENY Medicare Advantage patients and is free to participating members.

To refer your patients or for more information, call 1-877-878-8785.

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