Improving Access to Evidence-Based Chronic Care Interventions

Evidence-based programs such as falls and diabetes prevention, the Stanford suite of Chronic Disease Self-Management programs (CDSMP), Enhanced Wellness, and depression care management provide significant value because they have been proven to be effective through rigorous scientific evaluation and peer review and have measurable positive clinical, social and economic outcomes. These programs promote personal responsibility by giving seniors the tools and skills to better manage their conditions and stay healthy. NCOA is advocating for increased investments in targeted, cost-effective falls prevention programs and other evidence-based self-management and care transitions approaches, which can help to bend the long-term cost curves in Medicare and Medicaid, and improve care coordination and integration.

Expanding Access to DSMT Act

Reps. Reed and DeGette introduced the Expanding Access to DSMT Act to remove barriers to diabetes self-management training (DSMT) for Medicare beneficiaries.