National Diabetes Prevention Program
Blue KC is pleased to share a new covered benefit for qualified members! The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a yearlong lifestyle change program designed to help participants lose weight, adopt healthy habits, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. The program focuses on healthier eating, increased physical activity, and managing the challenges that are associated with lifestyle change.
Diabetes Prevention Makes Good Business Sense
In 2018, 1 in 9 (11.6%) Kansas adults reported ever being diagnosed with diabetes. That is more than 250,000 Kansans. Additionally, another 9.7% of the adult population in Kansas has been diagnosed with prediabetes, that is more than 187,000 people.
On top of that, there are many more who go undiagnosed since more than 80% of those who have prediabetes do not even know they have it. Without intervention, many people with prediabetes could develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. This means your workforce will be affected and your business impacted:
- Diabetes-related cost in Kansas each year: direct medical expenses and indirect cost (loss of productivity due to diabetes) are equal to $2.4 billion
- State Employee Health Plan dollars spent on diabetes related claims in 2018: $45.7 million, an average $10,118 per diabetes related claimant and a 3% per claimant decrease over the previous year
The Costs to a Workforce with Diabetes in Your Organization
- 1. Higher Costs for Health Insurance & Workers' Compensation Insurance
- 2. Loss of Productivity Comes in Many Forms
- 3. The Actions You Can Take Within Your Organization
- 4. The Benefits of Investing in a Diabetes Prevention Program
- 5. Join Us Help Us Grow the List
Higher Costs for Health Insurance & Workers' Compensation Insurance
People with diabetes have medical expenses that are approximately 2.3 times higher than the medical expenses of people without diabetes. In the general population, the average total medical expense incurred by people with diabetes is $16,750 per year. All this can impact an employer's health insurance loss ratios, health insurance premiums, workers' compensation medical costs and workers compensation insurance premiums.
Loss of Productivity Comes in Many Forms
- Increased time off: Employees with diabetes may need to take time off work to manage their health-related issues.
- Higher turnover rates: Employees with diabetes can have serious health complications and disability that may cause them to stop working.
- Reduced morale: A sick workforce is not as energized, motivated and productive as a healthy workforce.
Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems cost U.S. employers $1,685 per employee per year, or $225.8 billion annually. Diabetes-related lost productivity costs the United States roughly $90 billion per year.
Actions You Can Take Within Your Organization
- Talk with your health plan provider about covering DPP as a health benefit and offering it to your employees.
- If your health plan does not cover it, set aside funds for wellness programs that include DPP.
- Work with your health plan to identify and enroll eligible employees into DPP.
- Use benefit design to reward employees for healthy lifestyle choices including on-site risk assessments, fitness centers, healthy snack options and educational programming.
- Improve access to DPP. Consider hosting the DPP at your workplace and allow employees to attend while "on the clock."
- Partner with third party administrators, local health departments or community organizations to implement a program.
The National DPP Coverage Toolkit for Employers is a great resource to explore your options and find more detailed information.
Benefits of Investing in a DPP
Over 3 years, you could expect to see:
- A possible savings of approximately $8,000 in medical expenditures per each participant who does not progress to type 2 diabetes
- A 1 to 2% decrease in absenteeism and lost productivity
Calculate your potential medical costs savings over a 3-year period from providing the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) as a covered benefit for your employees.
Use a helpful Impact Toolkit to project the health and economic effects of the National DPP lifestyle change program on your workforce at risk for diabetes.
The Return on Investment for a company that offers eligible employees a DPP Program is about $55,000 over 10 years for each employee with prediabetes who does not develop diabetes.
You can also see additional benefits like:
- Strengthening the organization's culture and public image.
- Becoming a more attractive organization for candidates to fill open jobs.
- Increasing satisfaction and retention of employees.
Diabetes is on the rise. By 2025, 1 in 5 adults will be diagnosed. But with a lifestyle intervention program, like a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved DPP, prediabetes can be reversed and the cost to your business reduced.
Join Us Help Us Grow the List
HALT is a National DPP platform - not a program provider - that allows certified coaches the ability to offer the National DPP lifestyle change program virtually. It is a fully integrated, online delivery system complete with video curriculum, food-logging, messaging, dashboards, and apps. If you would like further information on HALT, please reach out to us via email, or visit the HALT website.