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NDs Can Participate in New Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

Wednesday, September 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Schales
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NDs Can Participate in New Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
Mike Jawer | AANP Director of Government and Public Affairs

In an August 9th webinar with AANP, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation confirmed that NDs can apply to be health coaches in Medicare’s new Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a structured lifestyle intervention that includes dietary and moderate physical activity coaching and is scheduled to begin January 1, 2018.

It consists of 16 weekly sessions in a group-based, HIPAA-compliant, classroom-style setting. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to accommodate eight to ten people as part of the Program. Provider payments will be up to $400 per person, per year.

The aim of the DPP is to provide practical guidance that will result in behavioral change to prevent adult onset diabetes in Medicare beneficiaries. After 16 core sessions, less intensive monthly follow-up meetings will help ensure that participants maintain healthy behaviors.

The practical objective of the DPP is for participants to achieve a 5% or greater average weight loss.

This is a great way for NDs to work with Medicare patients and get paid for something that many of you are likely already doing! Email Mike Jawer, AANP director of government and public affairs, at with questions.

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