For DC Insurers

Did you know the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) can prevent diabetes?

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a tested program that works. NDPP helps people with pre-diabetes change their lifestyle to decrease their risk of getting diabetes. NDPP is offered by workplaces, hospitals and health centers.
Interested in a lifestyle change program? Find a diabetes prevention class or learn how to implement one:

Action Steps for Insurance Companies

Increase your organization’s knowledge of NDPP 

Understand health plan purchasers’ needs related to Type 2 diabetes primary and secondary prevention 

  • Work with plan purchasers to conduct a Type 2 diabetes risk assessment on their health plan population.
  • Apply the Pre-diabetes Algorithm to plan purchasers’ claims or health risk assessment data to identify members at 
high risk of developing pre-diabetes or diabetes.
  • Work with plan purchasers to understand the cost Per Member Per Year/Per Member Per Month (PMPY/PMPM) 
and what the potential cost avoidance could be within one year if NDPP is applied to the book of business for the health plan.

Make NDPP a covered health benefit 

  • Incorporate NDPP into new health plan designs.
  • Recommend inclusion of NDPP in existing plan purchasers’ book of business.
  • Align NDPP with pay-for-performance models.
  • Apply NDPP to population health management strategies.

Provide NDPP leadership to the health landscape 

  • Share NDPP Return on Investment (ROI) results.
  • Promote NDPP as a population health management strategy.

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Why Insurers Are Taking Action

NDPP is not another wellness program

  • Type 2 diabetes is preventable. NDPP is an evidence-based program that works to prevent diabetes.
  • In people with pre-diabetes, HALF of new cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with structured lifestyle change programs like NDPP.
  • NDPP is a high value program because so many people are eligible to participate.

NDPP is an effective, evidence-based cost avoidance strategy

  • NDPP supports simple lifestyle changes that result in improved population health outcomes.
  • Plan members at high risk for pre-diabetes and diabetes are the most common and costly.
  • Per Member Per Year (PMPY) costs for persons with no diabetes are significantly lower than for persons with diabetes. Even after 10 years, those who participated in NDPP had a lower rate of Type 2 diabetes.

NDPP is a population health approach

  • The program supports simple lifestyle changes that result in improved population health outcomes.
  • NDPP reduces claims related to pre-diabetes, diabetes and associated risk factors. It helps prevent chronic disease – the number one health insurance cost driver.

NDPP fits in today’s healthcare landscape 

  • A good fit for Accountable Care Organizations or Shared Savings agreements.
  • Perfect demonstration of a community-clinical linkage for preventive health services.
  • Community-based lifestyle interventions are associated with low costs.