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California and New Jersey Cover Diabetes Prevention for Medicaid Beneficiaries

Posted By Trina Thompson, Monday, October 16, 2017

California and New Jersey are following Montana and Minnesota by covering the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) for Medicaid beneficiaries, and as a result, anticipate millions in Medicaid savings.

 In recent months, California and New Jersey signed bills into law that will make NDPP a covered service starting in January 2019 under California Medicaid or “Medi-Cal,” and operationalized under New Jersey Medicaid after amendments or waivers are approved. In a historic first, the California legislature additionally invested in diabetes prevention with an annual $5 million allocation from the state general fund.

Studies have shown that NDPP saves $2,650 in healthcare costs in the first 15 months for each person who completes the program. Public Health Advocates, a non-profit advocacy group, indicates that by funding NDPP, Medi-Cal can expect a savings of more than $45 million each year in reduced medical costs, almost four times the cost of the program. In New Jersey, Medicaid, covers one in seven adults under the age of 65 and has more than 235,000 adults at risk of developing diabetes. Experts expect New Jersey may see comparable savings in Medicaid spending as beneficiaries complete the program. 

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The PATH to Standardized Laboratory Testing

Posted By Leslie Best, Thursday, September 21, 2017

NACDD works collaboratively with CDC, the Endocrine Society, and the Partnership for Accurate Testing of Hormones (PATH) to improve the quality of laboratory measurements for chronic disease biomarkers. Three workgroups established to complete the work focus on the following areas:

  •  Educating clinicians, particularly at national professional meetings, about the ways inaccurate hormone tests impact their medical practice;
  •  Reaching out through a congressional briefing to describe the impact of inaccurate testing on patients, timely diagnosis, and unnecessary healthcare costs; and
  •  Redesigning the PATH website to reach a broad audience, including patients and the media. The site is planned to be in place prior to the congressional briefing.

 The Steering Committee plans to broaden PATH membership by conducting outreach to potential new members during fall 2017.

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Funding Opportunity: Strategic Planning for Lupus

Posted By Leslie Best, Thursday, September 21, 2017

NACDD, with support from CDC, collaborates with The Lupus Initiative, a program of the American College of Rheumatology, to build sustainable partnerships between leaders in state health departments and minority heath/health equity and community based organizations to support persons living with lupus.

On Aug. 28, NACDD released a Request for Applications to fund state and local health departments and community based organizations to convene a group of local, regional, and statewide partners at a one-day workshop to develop a strategic plan reflecting the four strategic domains of the National Public Health Agenda for Lupus. Workshops must be held between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, 2018. 

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New Virtual Reality Simulation Provides Education for Women Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Posted By Frank Bright and Natasha McCoy, Thursday, September 21, 2017

During the next 10 months, a virtual reality simulation product will undergo testing. The product will help women, who are diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, to understand their diagnosis, make informed decisions about treatment, and increase engagement with their medical care team. NACDD works on the development of this product with Dr. Lisa Richardson, director of the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) who leads the project for CDC.

 Called “Talking to Someone: Triple Negative Breast Cancer Simulation," the simulation is one of three products developed in the first phase of the NACDD Innovative Communication in Cancer Prevention and Control Project. Valuable contributors to the project along with CDC include: Kognito LLC, a virtual reality simulation developer; Westat Incorporated; Northside Hospital Cancer Institute; Greenville Hospital System; and many key informants. 

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NACDD Partners with Physical Therapists

Posted By Mari Brick, Thursday, September 21, 2017

To increase the availability of arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions, NACDD’s Arthritis Initiative partners with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on funding for APTA state chapters and physical therapy practices. Evidenced-based interventions for arthritis can reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve quality of life.

 The first round of funding, awarded in July, supports the Illinois and Iowa state APTA chapters and Vertex Physical Therapy Specialists, a physical therapy practice in Columbia, South Carolina, in offering the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease. Walk With Ease is a self-directed program to residents with arthritis. NACDD encourages APTA state chapters and physical therapy practices to apply for the second round of funding (award expected in October) using the application materials here. Find more information on the arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions available to physical therapists and their patients, visit MoveForwardPT.com.

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NACDD and CDC Fireside Chat Focuses on Advancing Team-Based Care to Manage High Blood Pressure

Posted By Julia Schneider, Thursday, September 21, 2017

NACDD, in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, is the host of a September 27 Fireside Chat. The chat will focus on advancing team-based care and the use of the pharmacists’ patient care process and collaborative practice agreements, including the experiences of states participating in a workshop-based project designed to implement the following new CDC resources: Methods & Resources For Engaging Pharmacy Partners Using the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure: A Resource Guide for Pharmacists and Advancing Team-Based Care Through Collaborative Practice Agreements. Jeff Durthaler, population health consultant pharmacist for CDC, will moderate the fireside chat panel discussion that features Ben Berrett, manager, Pharmacy Primary Care Services at University of Utah Health and Hannah Herold, Chronic Disease Prevention Program Manager with the Wyoming Department of Health. The project faculty guiding the participants also will share their perspective and includes: Lindsay Kunkle, Director of Practice & Science Affairs, American Pharmacists Association; Marialice Bennett, professor emeritus, The Ohio State University, College of Pharmacy; Troy Trygstad, consultant; and Krystalyn Weaver, vice president, Policy and Operations, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. Fireside chat attendees also can attend a follow-up Virtual Roundtable to continue the discussion in a less formal, small group format on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET. Dial in at that time using 1- 866-707-1092; passcode 4581813#. More information on the Advancing Team-Based Care project is available at http://www.chronicdisease.org/?page=PPCPandCPAProject.

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New Health Systems Quality Improvement Tool

Posted By Julia Schneider, Thursday, September 21, 2017

The new CDC Health Systems Scorecard tool helps health systems assess evidence-based chronic disease care management policies and practices. State and local health departments can share the scorecard tool with their health systems colleagues to stimulate clinical-public health partnerships. In a July NACDD webinar, presenters provided an orientation to and demonstration of the electronic tool’s primary components, described how to set up an account, discussed approaches to inviting health systems to participate, and reviewed the benefits of implementing the scorecard. To view the recording, please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4358663487636349698.

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NACDD Grantee Presentations at National Vision Summit

Posted By Carol McPhillips-Tangum, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Three NACDD grantee presentations at the Focus on Eye Health National Summit highlighted projects funded through NACDD and the CDC Vision Health Initiative. Held in June 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington DC, the meeting included presentations by Betsy Cagle of the Alabama Department of Public Health, Kay Wenzl of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and Marc Molea of the Ohio Department of Aging. They described the activities engaged in over two years to explain the public health burden of vision loss and eye disease; promote prevention of vision loss and access to eye care; implement promising interventions to improve eye health and/or improve quality of life for persons with vision impairment; and advance vision loss and eye health as public health priorities. The presentations also provided examples of the strategies implemented in state health agencies to improve vision and eye health. 

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NACDD Contributes to Journal Supplement on Cancer Prevention During Early Adulthood

Posted By Leslie Best, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine supplement, “Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Early Adulthood” includes a paper summarizing highlights and themes from an expert meeting co-hosted by CDC and NACDD, titled “Cancer Prevention During Early Adulthood: Highlights From a Meeting of Experts.” Contributors to the paper and the meeting include NACDD consultants Leslie Best, Frank Bright and Randy Schwartz as well as meeting facilitator Bill Benson of Health Benefits ABCs. In 2015, CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control formed a partnership with NACDD to identify opportunities for cancer prevention during early adulthood, defined as persons roughly  18 to 44 years of age. One goal of the project was to convene a two-day in person meeting with an interdisciplinary group of invited experts and CDC staff to discuss opportunities for cancer prevention during early adulthood. The meeting, held in April 2016, covered topics such as alcohol use, circadian rhythm disruption, endocrine disrupting chemicals, life transitions, stress, health literacy, health communications, physical activity, mental illness and cancer prevention in the context of incarcerated populations. NACDD also presented the preliminary results of a literature review of 158 articles related to 15 cancer risk-related factors that are relevant during early adulthood. The collection of papers in the AJPM supplement expands upon the discussions that took place at the meeting.

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New York Demonstration Project Paves the Way for Access to National DPP

Posted By Trina Thompson, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NACDD helped the New York State Department of Health plan and host a Stakeholder Engagement Meeting in 2016, resulting in an action plan that promotes implementation of coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. New York-Presbyterian Hospital recently collaborated with Omada Health to launch a digital National DPP demonstration project for 100 hospital employees with prediabetes. Results of this demonstration will inform decision-making on adding the National DPP as a covered benefit for the hospital’s 23,000 employees. Other employers can learn  how to start an employee benefit coverage process by tapping into the new NACDD National DPP Coverage Toolkit

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