WHY: It is estimated that more than one-third of Colorado adults and half of all adults aged 65 years and older have pre-diabetes. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, up to two-thirds of people with pre-diabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within six years, compared to fewer than 5% of those with normal blood glucose.
Colorado stakeholders representing health plans, large employers, community-based organizations, health systems, and public health are engaged in an action plan to make the National Diabetes Prevention Program easily accessible for the estimated one in three Colorado adults with pre-diabetes. This action plan balances affordability and accountability among providers, patients, and payers.
The plan's goals are:
1. Achieve reimbursement for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
2. Establish mechanisms to screen, identify, and refer individuals with pre-diabetes.
3. Identify and assist community-based organizations in training and the recognition process to provide the DPP.