On Behavioral Change, Health and Age – Healthcare Economist


A. Health affairs item (Meyer 2021) discusses the potential benefits of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Programs (MDPP). MDPP aims to reduce the patient’s weight and prevent patients from becoming diabetic. Commenting on his Medicare enrolled clientele, one instructor noted:

“I’ve seen a lot of Medicare people do really well with the program because they have more time than young people who work or raise children,” she said. “But the people of Medicare may have a harder time doing it [lifestyle] it changes because they have been doing things the same way for a long time. ”

MDPP was the first Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center (alias, CMMI; alias, the CMS Innovation Center) demonstrating a preventative care model that was expanded to the program available to Medicare beneficiaries. However, the uptake of the program is poor; only 3,600 Medicare beneficiaries nationwide have benefited from the MDPP benefit.


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