First launched in 2018, the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model is a structured intervention to prevent type 2 diabetes in individuals with an indication of prediabetes. Significant regulatory obstacles, in particular not allowing virtual providers to participate, are being blamed as the cause of low enrollment in the program.
In response, nineteen senators wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand provider eligibility to include qualified virtual providers. The group of Senators cite the success of the implementation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Program and the large number of enrollees who utilized the virtual services.
The letter states that the expansion of virtual services within the MDPP could drastically increase access for patients who live in rural areas and help them prevent one of the most expensive chronic conditions in the U.S.
The letter to CMS can be found here. And additional information about the MDPP can be found here.
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