Diabetes Prevention Program
Diabetes Prevention

ACPM has received a one year grant (potentially renewable) from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation at CDC.

The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is a partnership of public/private organizations working collectively to establish, spread, and sustain an evidence-based lifestyle change program for people with prediabetes to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes. The partners work to make it easier for people with prediabetes to participate in evidence-based, affordable, and high-quality lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health.

The goal of our work with CDC is to increase physicians’/health care professionals’ awareness of prediabetes as a serious health condition and to increase the number of physicians/health care professionals taking action to screen, test, and refer patients with prediabetes to CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs (programs with pending or full recognition). 

ACPM will work with the CDC and partner organizations to develop, coordinate, implement and manage educational trainings, as well as, gather stakeholder input from experts in the field. ACPM will lead the process to:

  • Create educational and experiential learning opportunities for physicians/health professionals through existing professional networks, meetings/conferences, web-based forums, online tools, and publications (journals, e-newsletters, etc.)
  • Conduct Physician peer-to-peer mentoring and outreach
  • Develop physician "champions" to serve as spokespersons and advocates for increasing prediabetes screening, testing, and referral
  • Create demonstration projects to evaluate innovative approaches to engaging and activating practitioners in targeted medical specialty groups or specific geographic areas of need

Target audience of developed resources will include nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and other clinicians.

Demonstration Projects

A portion of ACPM’s funding from the CDC will be used to increase the number of physicians/clinicians who are screening, testing, and referring their patients with prediabetes to a CDC recognized diabetes prevention program. 

Through this project, ACPM will fund 3 health care organizations/practices to develop and implement a protocol for screening, testing, and referring patients with prediabetes to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program, either through the EHR or by using another non-electronic approach.  Award recipients will work with ACPM to document their experiences and lessons learned as case studies to inform and teach others. 

DPP Advisory Council

ACPM has identified eight preventive medicine physicians that have expertise in the National Diabetes Prevention Program, to serve on an advisory council for at least one year. The Advisory Council will help implement the one year grant as well as assist ACPM in a variety of capacities such as responding to HHS notice of proposed rulemaking on Medicare coverage of the DPP.

DPP Institute

With Medicare’s announcement that it will begin covering patient enrollment in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) starting January 2018, insurance and healthcare providers are quickly integrating the preventive service into their clinical care models. To help practitioners understand the DPP service model and improve diabetes and prediabetes care in their communities, ACPM is offering a day-long learning institute on "Preventing Diabetes: Innovative Approaches to Increasing Screening, Testing, and Referral" on May 23, 2017 as part of Preventive Medicine 2017The educational session is available to physicians, providers and other health practitioners.

 Industry thought leaders will lead the event and provide an in-depth look at:

  • The evidence base for the DPP service model and intricacies of scaling it nationally
  • Physician competencies in lifestyle medicine as a means to screen, test and refer for prediabetes
  • Approaches for prediabetes screening, diagnosis, and prescribing lifestyle modifications
  • Case studies on how to integrate workflows, quality measures, and health equity into practice

 ACPM is pleased to welcome thought leaders from the following organizations to the institute: 

Webinar Series

Scaling the National Diabetes Prevention Program: Health Plan Coverage in California
TUESDAY, april 4, 2017 (2:00–3:00PM EST)

13 million adults in California, or 46 percent, have prediabetes, while another 2.5 million adults, or 9 percent, have already been diagnosed with diabetes. Combined, the two groups represent 15.5 million people — 55 percent of the state’s population. Many health plans across California are responding to this growing number by providing the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) at no cost to their members. 

Join ACPM for a webinar to learn about the coverage provided by Anthem Blue Cross CA and Blue Shield CA - who collectively insure over 10 million people across the state. Solera Health, who administers the National DPP for both plans, will review the current identification and enrollment process and how physicians can get involved in referring their patients. 


National Diabetes Prevention Program 101
friday, april 7 , 2017 (3:00–4:00PM EST)

Join ACPM for an overview of the National DPP, exploring it's history and evidence, current efforts to scale the program, and ACPM's national strategy for increasing awareness, screening and referral to the program.


Scaling the National DPP: Health System Activation

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (3:00–4:00PM EST)                                                                                                                                         Join ACPM for an in-depth look at promoting the National DPP within your practice setting and with your patients! We will discuss a variety of referral strategies including point of care and EMR based referrals.


Education Opportunities

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New Video Module on Medicare DPP Covered Service
March 16, 2017

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) has partnered with the Florida Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to create a video module on the newly expanded Medicare Preventive Covered Service for the DPP. In the video, ACPM Associate Executive Director Dani Pere provides an overview of the Medicare rulemaking process, finalized Medicare DPP policies taking effect in 2018, and future rulemaking expectations. Continuing education credits for this and other modules on diabetes prevention will be made available by USF Health through August 2017.

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