On November 2, Medicare released its final rule solidifying its focus on chronic care management and behavioral health, including a plan to expand the Diabetes Prevention Program model test in 2018. Medicare estimates it will spend $42 billion on fee-for-service, non-dual-eligible beneficiaries with diabetes, and the program encourages the establishment of community-based intervention to prevent and manage the disease in an effort to bring those costs down.
Diabetes is a high driver of health care costs and is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions seen in our independent pharmacies. It’s also one of the five disease states plans are most focused upon this year and for the foreseeable future. Here’s why focusing on diabetes care is important: