Four health insurers are making significant changes in a bid to reduce costs associated with diabetes care, as well as boost care quality.
Cigna health is shifting its focus to early engagement, according to a Managed Healthcare Executive report, as some 15 to 30 percent of individuals with prediabetes will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within five years.
Cigna National Medical Officer Scott Josephs says the insurer first starts with an online risk assessment analysis to glean an individual’s diet and exercise, which allows engagement of at-risk consumers through virtual coaching.
Priority Health is bolstering its preventative care measures, offering the Diabetes Prevention Program to commercial and Medicare members.
“By working closely with physicians and DPP providers, we are increasing referrals and access to DPP groups across Michigan for members at risk for developing type 2 diabetes,” Priority Health Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer says.
To read more about Priority Health’s efforts, as well as the goals of Community Health Choice and Health Care Service Corp., click here.