Y-USA Launches Project to Test Cost Effectiveness of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program among Qualifying Medicare Enrollees
Y-USA has launched a demonstration project to show that an evidence-based prevention program delivered by a community based organization can lower incidence of type 2 diabetes and reduce medical costs incurred by Medicare. If successful, the program could become a model for how the nation's largest payer of health care claims could reimburse community-based organizations as providers of evidence-based preventive services.
The Y's Diabetes Prevention Program is a part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. Through the demonstration project, Ys in 17 communities will offer the program at no cost to 10,000 qualifying Medicare enrollees over the next three years. The initiative is expected to save Medicare an estimated $4.2 million over three years and $53 million over six years. The project is funded through a Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).
Communities participating in the demonstration project are:
· ARIZONA: Phoenix; Tucson
· DELAWARE: State of Delaware
· FLORIDA: Clearwater; St. Petersburg; Tampa; Venice
· INDIANA: Indianapolis
· MINNESOTA: Minneapolis/St. Paul
· NEW YORK: New York City
· OHIO: Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus; Dayton
· TEXAS: Arlington; Dallas; Fort Worth
See this February 21, 2013 Y of the USA Press Release for more information: