Medicare Proposes Expansion Of Diabetes Prevention Program

The program, which has been tested in eight states, provides beneficiaries with coaching, lifestyle intervention and moderate physical activity. Also, on Capitol Hill, a House subcommittee approves a bill that would continue a program that aids beneficiaries.

Modern Healthcare:
CMS Proposes Expanding Diabetes-Prevention Model

In addition to a slew of changes to Medicare’s physician payment policies, the CMS on Thursday proposed expanding a program aimed at helping people avoid diabetes. The CMS suggests starting the program in 2018 and is seeking comment whether to launch the effort nationally or in additional select markets. (Dickson, 7/7)

Kaiser Health News:
House Panel Extends Funding For Medicare Program To Help Consumers

A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to continue $52 million in funding for a program that helps seniors understand the complexities of their Medicare coverage. Two weeks ago, a Senate committee voted to eliminate it. The measure preserving the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, known as SHIP, is part of a massive spending bill for federal health, education and labor programs. (Jaffe, 7/7)

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