The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is participating in a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) grant that pays for at-risk people over age 65 to attend an evidence-based diabetes prevention program in their community. Adults under age 65 can participate as well but need to pay out-of-pocket or be in a health plan that covers participation.
The initiative is based on the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which is designed to bring evidence-based lifestyle coaching programs for preventing type 2 diabetes into local communities nationwide. American Medical News recently published a compelling article that illuminates the positive impact the DPP has on patients, providers and communities, seeking to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes.
The AMA has partnered with the YMCA of the USA to raise awareness about prediabetes and to assist physicians and care teams in identifying and referring individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes to the DPP at their local YMCA. The AMA is seeking physician practices to engage in a six-month pilot, during which AMA staff will work with each practice to implement a new process for identifying and referring at-risk individuals and improving DPP-related communication with local YMCAs.
If you are interested in participating in this pilot project or would like more information about the AMA’s work with the YMCA, please contact Janet Williams.