Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Offers Online Resources

February 2, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If you are seeking resources for your patients about diabetes prevention, the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) has information readily available online and through a local supplier.

There are currently 18 MDPP suppliers located throughout the state of Tennessee. And due to the COVID-19 pandemic, suppliers are available to conduct informational sessions virtually. This service is available at no cost to eligible Medicare Beneficiaries. Patient referral is not a requirement, it is encouraged.

The MDPP’s expanded model is a structured behavior change intervention program that aims to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries with an indication of prediabetes. The clinical intervention consists of a minimum of 16 intensive “core” sessions of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved curriculum furnished over six months that provides practical training in long-term dietary change, increased physical activity, and behavior change strategies for weight control. After the completing the core sessions, less intensive follow-up meetings furnished monthly help ensure that the participants maintain healthy behaviors. The primary goal of the expanded model is at least 5 percent weight loss by participants.

For additional information about the MDPP, click here to visit their page. To view a list of MDPP suppliers near you, click here.

Additional resources:
Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Expanded Model Booklet
Medicare Diabetes Prevention & Diabetes Self-Management Training Booklet