CERRITOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CareMore has long provided a program to help older adults manage type 2 diabetes, but now it is tackling the ambitious goal of actually helping to prevent the potentially dangerous and all-too-common disease from even occurring in the first place.
The company, which operates Medicare plans in California, Nevada and Arizona, aims to cut in half the number of newly diagnosed diabetes plan members through this program, which identifies those at risk for type 2 diabetes and puts them in a program aimed at preventing the disease. The program is available to members of all CareMore plans. Participants are identified through CareMore’s introductory Healthy Start program or through health care providers in the network.
“There are more than 86 million Americans with prediabetes and most don’t even know that they are at risk,” said Dr. Sachin Jain, CareMore’s chief medical officer. “Thankfully, we know people can successfully reduce their risk of developing the disease by making the right lifestyle changes. Through our program, we hope to identify members who are at risk, make them aware of the dangers and motivate them to make changes that will prevent them from developing the disease.”
CareMore’s prediabetes program features a mix of nutrition, weight loss, exercise and group support. The program includes monthly scheduled classes with a registered dietician and structured exercise programs followed by visits with an Advanced Practice Clinician, such as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Labs and vital signs are taken and discussed. Success stories and examples of overcoming obstacles are shared.
In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, had diabetes.1 People with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for complications including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation and blindness. The medical cost for managing diabetes is estimated at $176 billion.
The program incorporates a team approach that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians and exercise experts.
“A program like this represents a fundamental shift from how our nation has approached diabetes in the past,” said Heather Del Villar, chief nurse practitioner at CareMore. “We need to devote as much time and resources to preventing the disease as we do in treating it. At CareMore, we are fortunate to have the infrastructure to provide a program like this with a multidisciplinary approach that is employed throughout the patient’s continuum of care.”
CareMore hopes to reduce the incidence of new cases of diabetes by 50 percent in the first year, while also realizing secondary benefits, such as reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol. Achieving these kinds of benchmarks would also significantly reduce costs, which, in turn, would benefit taxpayers through savings for the federal Medicare program.
For more information about CareMore, visit www.caremore.com.