HHS Says Diabetes Prevention Program Will Save Medicare Money

There's been considerable debate as to whether identifying people with prediabetes could have health benefits.i

There’s been considerable debate as to whether identifying people with prediabetes could have health benefits.

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There's been considerable debate as to whether identifying people with prediabetes could have health benefits.

There’s been considerable debate as to whether identifying people with prediabetes could have health benefits.

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A diabetes prevention program being tested by the YMCA of the USA has proven successful at reducing the risk of developing the disease, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

So the Obama administration wants Medicare to pay for the services for beneficiaries at high risk of developing diabetes.

The program “improves health care quality while reducing health care costs,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said at a press conference at the Anthony Bowen YMCA branch in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. “We found that the enrollees lost about 5 percent of their body weight, enough to substantially cut their risk of the disease.”

One of every three Medicare dollars is spent on patients with diabetes,

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/03/23/471583523/hhs-says-diabetes-prevention-program-will-save-medicare-money?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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