"Am I at risk?"
Approximately 1 in 3 seniors 65 and
older have diabetes, and nearly 50%
of them are undiagnosed.
What does Medicare cover?
Medicare covers free diabetes
screening tests for people at
risk for diabetes
The Y Launches Project to Test Cost Effectiveness of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Among Qualifying Medicare Enrollees
Demonstration project estimated to save Medicare $4.2 million over three years
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 21, 2013 – YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) officially launched a demonstration project today 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 reimburses community-based organizations as providers of evidence-based preventive services.
The Medicare Diabetes Screening Project is a coalition of more than 20 national partners, co-chaired by the American Diabetes Association, the Healthcare Leadership Council, and Novo Nordisk. These organizations have joined together to promote awareness and utilization of the diabetes screening benefit in Medicare.
In 2011, the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project and Novo Nordisk partnered with the YMCA of the USA and four local YMCAs to offer scholarships for 400 Medicare-aged seniors to enter the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost to the participant. The goal was to learn how to identify and help move people 65 and older who have pre-diabetes into the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.