This blogpost was originally published on August 13th, 2020
CDC rolls out Umbrella model to expand the National Diabetes Prevention Program
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based program developed by the Centers for Disease Control that provides year-long sessions of behavioral and nutritional counseling in a group setting. Successful participation in DPP is proven to reduce an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by half. Currently, thousands of community organizations offer National Diabetes Prevention Programs to their communities. Most of these classes are held in-person and this program is a fully covered benefit to the Medicare beneficiaries.
The recent announcement of the Covid-19 pandemic and the social isolation protocols will negatively impact the success of the Medicare DPP since these classes are delivered in-person in a group setting. CDC has advised organizations to deliver the classes virtually. According to the CDC, many CDC-recognized organizations, particularly Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), do not have the capacity or administrative infrastructure for virtual delivery and remote data collection. CDC is encouraging CBOs to consider forming partnerships to share the infrastructure costs needed to scale the National DPP and is offering CDC-recognized organizations the opportunity to combine resources under a single umbrella organization.
HabitNu has recently received first-of-a-kind umbrella status recognition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to serve as the sponsoring hub for CBOs and other DPP subsidiaries seeking to develop their own best practices and scale the National DPP. Under the umbrella arrangement, HabitNu will serve as the sponsoring hub and the subsidiaries will be able to benefit from the full CDC recognition status of HabitNu. The subsidiaries will be able to leverage HabitNu's existing infrastructure and processes including the HabitNu platform, digital tools, billing and claims submission service, data aggregation, and DPRP reporting capability to develop its own best practices and scale the National DPP.
Community service providers represent a powerful resource for diabetes prevention and are uniquely positioned to help recruit, screen, raise awareness, and make an intervention impact. The umbrella structure allows the uninterrupted delivery of the diabetes prevention program.
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