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Diabetes Prevention Program Demonstration Project
Diabetes Prevention: Screen, test, refer

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) has received funding from the Division of Diabetes Translation within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A portion of the funding 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 (pending or full recognition).

Through this project, ACPM will fund 6 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. The award winners will also make a commitment to serve as Provider Champions. 

Proposals are due by October 12, 2017. 

Application Process

The following components must be completed and submitted as part of your application for the demonstration project. The Proposal Overview provides a complete summary of the eligibility requirements and project timeline. 

  • Proposal Document– Download, complete all sections, and upload using the online application form at the bottom of this page.
  • Project Budget – Complete a project budget for the amount requested and submit as an .xls, .xlsx, .csv or .pdf file.
  • Curriculum Vitae – The project leader's CV must be submitted using the online application.
  • Online Application Form – Complete all fields of the application form at the bottom of this page and upload a completed proposal document, project budget, and the project leader's CV.

Award winners will be notified the week of October 30, 2017 and will be given six months to complete their demonstration between November 2017 and April 2018. The six providers will develop a report and share their findings on during May 2018 at ACPM's annual conference, Preventive Medicine 2018.

For additional information please contact Marissa Hudson, Program Director, Lifestyle Medicine at mhudson@acpm.org.

Award Details

ACPM will provide up to six grants to test and evaluate innovative approaches to screen, test, and refer patients with prediabetes to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program. One provider group will be chosen from each of the three categories listed below, and each provider group will receive $15,000. ACPM will select providers who are engaged or who have demonstrated interest in prevention. Preference will be given to providers who reside in an area with established public or commercial payer coverage for the National DPP as well as those practices in close proximity to CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs. Additionally, providers will also be chosen based on the burden of prediabetes among their patient population.

The grantees will be selected from the following healthcare settings:

Community Health Centers or Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC); FQHC Look Alike; Rural Health Clinics; Free and charitable clinics

  • FQHC – Any provider who currently works in a Federally Qualified Health Center, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is eligible to apply for the grant. These include health centers that serve homeless patients, farm worker patients, public housing patients, and veteran patients.
  • FQHC Look-Alike – Any provider who works in a FQHC Look-Alike, as designated by HRSA, is eligible to apply for the grant.
  • Rural Health Clinic – Any provider who works in a Rural Health Clinic (RHC), as designated HRSA, is eligible to apply for the grant.
  • Free and Charitable Clinics – These are health clinics, located across the country, that do not receive any federal funds that are given to FQHCs and RHCs. They also receive little to no state funds. Any provider who volunteers a significant portion of their time (at least two days a week) at a free or charitable clinic is eligible to apply.

Independent Physician Associations (IPA); medical groups:

  • This includes any provider who is in an IPA and pursuing opportunities such as contracts with employers, accountable care organizations (ACO), or managed care organizations (MCO) is encouraged to apply. Physicians in medical groups who are also engaged in patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) are encouraged to apply.

Integrated Delivery System (IDS)

  • This includes any provider who is part of an integrated delivery system (IDS) that is vertically and horizontally aligned to provide a continuum of care to a specific geographic area in need is eligible to apply. Any provider within an IDS that functions as an ACO is also eligible to apply.

Providers must meet one or more of the following criteria may apply:

  1. Physicians who are involved in clinical care (having direct contact with and providing clinical care one-on-one for patients at least two days a week) in one of the above three healthcare settings, and who are engaged in practicing prevention in areas with underserved and high-risk populations.
  2. Physicians (MD/ DO) or clinicians (nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists or registered dietitians) who provide direct clinical care and currently engage their high-risk patients in brief lifestyle medicine counseling or education.
  3. Physicians or clinicians who refer their patients to any community-based lifestyle change program.
  4. Screening Practices Criteria: Providers who meet either of the following criteria are eligible to apply.
    1. Physicians and clinicians who already have a system in place to screen, test, and refer their patients to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program and who simply wish to test the effectiveness of their current system using existing. These providers may not need to make any changes to their workflow or their referral process.
    2. Physicians and clinicians who do not currently have a system in place to screen, test, and refer patients to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program. These providers would be utilizing the award to change their current workflow and/or referral process with the help of existing tools (e.g.: AMA/CDC toolkit: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes—A Guide to Refer Your Patients with Prediabetes to an Evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program).

Award Requirements

Providers who wish to apply for this grant should be able to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Implement the award immediately, and adhere to the timeline listed below.
  • Refer to a CDC-recognized online or in-person diabetes prevention program in their patients’ community. Physicians themselves will not be providing the intense lifestyle change intervention, even if they have the training and the competency.
  • Two providers from the same healthcare setting will not be chosen for two separate awards.
  • Providers must allot time in their demonstration project to obtain feedback / data regarding their patient’s progress in the program and complete follow up with their patients. Patient contact must be attempted a minimum of two times during the demonstration project period. Establishing a system for bi directional feedback is of high interest.
  • Providers must be able to serve as Provider Champions (described in the section below).
  • Providers should not use any portion of the award to cover the cost of the diabetes prevention program for their patients.
  • Providers must not have a conflict of interest. No member of the ACPM Diabetes Prevention Advisory Council or the ACPM WISEWOMAN Advisory Council can apply for this grant.

Provider Champion Requirements

  • Award winners are required to communicate regularly to provide updates on the demonstration project with ACPM physician consultants. These updates will be shared with the Diabetes Prevention Advisory Council.
  • Award winners will be available for peer-to-peer mentoring and will share their experiences with the demonstration project with other providers.
  • Award winners should be available to present findings from the demonstration project at the Diabetes Prevention Learning Institute to be held in, May 2018 at the ACPM Annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. ACPM will cover conference-related expenses incurred by the award winners.
  • Award winners will make themselves available for marketing videos and other promotional materials and promising practice case studies to be developed by ACPM.

Award Selection

Timeline Requirement / Action
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Call for proposal announced
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Deadline for submitting the application
Week of October 30, 2017 Award winners notified
Week of November 6, 2017 Initial funds disbursed to six award winners;
Providers begin implementing the demonstration projects
November 6 – April 30, 2018 Providers implement their demonstration projects;
Remaining funds disbursed
Monthly between November 6, 2017 and April 30, 2018 Providers check in with physician consultants and the ACPM staff on their progress
February 2018 Physician consultants and ACPM staff visit the sites of all six providers
April 30, 2019 Providers complete demonstration projects
May 2018 Providers develop final report with their findings and lessons learned
May 2018 The providers present their findings at the annual ACPM meeting in Chicago, Illinois

Online Application Form

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