Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has announced that it will invest $5 million in Diabetes Free NC to help cut the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. The funding will help expand free access to diabetes prevention programs (DPPs) across the state to every citizen, irrespective of insurance coverage. Diabetes Free NC is an initiative of NC State University and NC Division of Public Health that supports CDC-recognized DPPs throughout the state. The investment is targeting to remove cost and accessibility barriers that prevent many North Carolinians from participating in Diabetes Prevention Programs. To learn more about the initiative, or to find a program in your area, visit DiabetesFreeNC.com.
In a related development, North Carolina’s DPPs are also getting hi-tech assistance to help them enhance their community collaborations by the NC Medical Society Foundation (NCMSF). The Foundation’s new Community Health Initiative. The initiative hasd developed has developed software for YMCAs and other community-based organizations that enables the YMCA to receive electronic referrals from physicians to their evidenced-based programs, like a local DPP. At the completion of the program, it returns the patient data to the physician’s EHR. See the link above for additional information.