Y Diabetes Prevention Program to Soon Be Covered by Medicare
Big news to share concerning the Tampa YMCA’s efforts to prevent chronic disease … the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced last month the Tampa Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) will soon be covered under Medicare. With this, the Tampa Y will be able to impact a greater number of seniors at risk for type 2 diabetes by taking away the financial burden, which has previously prevented many seniors from participating. Because adults aged 65+ are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than their younger counterparts, this population will see one of the greatest impacts of this program.
The decision was made because of a successful demonstration project, in which the Tampa Y, along with 16 other Ys, delivered YDPP to nearly 8,000 Medicare participants over three years. The project clearly demonstrated YDPP can lower the incidence of type 2 diabetes among seniors and reduce the cost burden of the disease on participants and the health care system. When compared with similar beneficiaries not in the program, Medicare estimated savings of $2,650 for each enrollee over a 15-month period. That’s more than enough to cover the cost of YDPP! This is the first time a preventive service pilot funded by the government has been proven to reduce cost and lower incidence of type 2 diabetes.
Overall, the approval of Medicare coverage means the Y will be able to reach a wider audience of community members both within and outside of Y walls. This will increase the number of lives the Y can impact and our efforts to prevent chronic disease.
YDPP is a 12-month lifestyle behavior intervention helping adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. For more information, click here.
Pictured above: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced last month Medicare will soon cover the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Interestingly enough, Secretary Burwell has a Y connection, having graduated from the Y’s Youth in Government program.