Relationship Will Facilitate Access to CDC-Recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs for Eligible Consumers
Solera Health (Solera), a preventive care benefits manager, today announced that they have joined forces with the American Diabetes Association (Association) to connect at-risk Americans to a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The initiative seeks to help millions of Americans prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by providing a streamlined process for adults at risk for type 2 diabetes to enroll in a community or digital DPP.
The National DPP is a partnership of public and private organizations working together to reduce the growing number of Americans with and at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. There are currently more than 1,500 DPPs, including brick-and-mortar locations such as community non-profits, health systems, retail pharmacies and faith-based organizations, as well as virtual DPPs that deliver content to mobile devices, computers and/or telephones. All programs are working to make it easier for people at risk for type 2 diabetes to participate in affordable and high-quality lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk and improve their overall health.
According to the CDC’s National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017, more than 84 million American adults are estimated to have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Nearly 90 percent of American adults who have prediabetes are not aware they have it. Through this collaboration between Solera and the Association, millions of Americans who take the Association’s Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test will now have access to Solera Health’s consumer site Solera4Me, where they can begin the process of being matched with a DPP based on their unique needs and preferences. Empowering patients with choice and a variety of DPP options has proven to have a significant impact on sustained program engagement and improved participant outcomes.
“At the Association, we are focused on preventing, curing and improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes,” said Senior Vice President of Research and Consumer Programs, Tamara Darsow, PhD. “By helping us connect people who are at risk for diabetes with the right DPP to help them prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, Solera is helping us achieve that mission.”
Solera makes health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs accessible by connecting at-risk individuals with a diverse range of lifestyle modification programs as a covered medical benefit. Solera’s national scalable model was designed to consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing healthcare payers and providers to increase consumer access and participation while lowering associated costs.
“Solera is honored to join forces with the American Diabetes Association as both organizations have many synergies that will enhance access to the Diabetes Prevention Program,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO, Solera Health. “By combining the Association’s influence and reach with our breadth of DPP providers and health plan reimbursement for DPP as a covered medical benefit, we can have a positive impact on delaying or preventing diabetes for a large portion of America’s population.”