ADA celebrates progress in Medicare coverage for diabetics
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its proposed 2017 Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule (MPFS). This is the next step for the National DPP to receive coverage from Medicare.
The budget includes a rider addendum that will broaden the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) -- a pilot program that starts in 2018. Establishing the MDPP will guarantee that further beneficiaries who are at risk for diabetes are able to use lifestyle intervention methods to reduce these risks.
"Providing people with prediabetes with effective tools to prevent diabetes is a win for all of us," Dr. Robert Ratner, chief scientific and medical officer for the ADA, said. "We appreciate HHS's continued commitment to improving the nation's health and helping us reduce the incidence and burden of diabetes across the country."
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell and the Obama administration are responsible for this new progress. The organizations have shown ongoing dedication to offering better preventive services and health care to Americans with prediabetes.