Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

HHS Launches Diabetes Education Program for Older Americans

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

HHS Launches Diabetes Education Program for Older Americans

Article excerpt

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint Federal program run by the NIH and the CDC, has joined forces with CMS to help older adults understand that routine self-monitoring of blood sugar levels can help delay or prevent the complications of diabetes. The NDEP is working with CMS to reach Americans 65 years of age or over as well as younger people with disabilities who have diabetes with information on the treatment and benefits available for people through Medicare. An estimated 4.5 million Medicare beneficiaries have diabetes.

Routine self-monitoring of blood sugar levels is crucial to adults with diabetes and their health care providers as they devise a treatment plan for managing their disease. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Complications from diabetes include kidney disease, heart disease, nerve damage, blindness, and lower limb amputation.

Several years ago Congress expanded the Medicare diabetes benefits to help both insulin and non-insulin-treated people with diabetes pay for the equipment and supplies they need to test their blood sugar levels. …

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