CMS’s Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) aims to address diabetes prevalence within the Medicare program, and may help other payers develop a model for chronic care, based on the MDPP’s promising initial results.

Diabetes is a pressing concern for CMS because of rising diabetes care costs within Medicare. In 2016, CMS estimated that Medicare spent $45 billion more on caring for members with diabetes than on costs for members without the disease.

Nationally, rates of diabetes and prediabetes are high. The CDC’s 2017National Diabetes Statistics Report found that 20.8 percent of the nation’s 65 and older population has been diagnosed with diabetes and 4.2 percent have undiagnosed diabetes. The report also found that prediabetes affects nearly 23.1 million elderly adults. …..more