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08-08-2018 | Diabetes prevention | Review | Article

Practical Tips for Implementing the Diabetes Prevention Program in Clinical Practice

Journal: Current Diabetes Reports

Authors: Carolyn Bradner Jasik, Elizabeth Joy, Kimberly D. Brunisholz, Katherine Kirley

Publisher: Springer US

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for prediabetes that is associated with a 58% reduction in 3-year diabetes incidence, and it has been supported by the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, 9 in 10 patients are unaware they have the condition.

Recent Findings

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and broadened coverage for preventive services, the DPP has emerged as an accessible intervention in patients at risk. In 2018, Medicare began to cover the DPP, making it widely available for the first time to any patient over the age of 65 meeting eligibility criteria.

Summary

The DPP is an evidence-based, widely available, frequently covered benefit, for lifestyle change for patients with prediabetes. To take advantage of this intervention, providers need to develop prediabetes screening and DPP referral workflows.
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