Webinar: Medicaid Coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Medicaid Coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program: Assessing Policy Options and Making the Case for Coverage 

Thursday, February 22, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST

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The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program is increasingly being covered by public and private payers—including Medicare, which will offer the lifestyle change program as a covered benefit starting in April 2018. A number of states are also currently covering the program for Medicaid beneficiaries, and more are considering the path towards coverage. This webinar will focus on specific steps that public health departments, Medicaid agencies, Medicaid managed care organizations (MCO), and other public health advocates can take to make Medicaid coverage for the National DPP lifestyle change program a reality within their state. During this webinar, NACDD and Leavitt Partners will share information and expertise gained from collaborations with states working towards coverage. This work includes a demonstration project with Maryland and Oregon to develop and test models for Medicaid coverage of the National DPP, and extensive research with public and private payers.  

Learning Objectives:

By participating in this webinar, chronic disease directors, directors of health promotion, and chronic disease program practitioners will be able to: 

  1. Identify various pathways available to Medicaid agencies and Medicaid MCOs to achieve coverage of the National DPP lifestyle change program for Medicaid beneficiaries in their state.
  2. Identify the elements of operationalizing this benefit that will need further exploration on a state-by-state basis such as Medicaid enrolled provider status, network adequacy, and budget considerations.
  3. Describe ways that Medicaid and public health can coordinate to promote coverage for the National DPP lifestyle change program.
  4. Hear from a former Medicaid Director about what may work best when making the case for coverage.

Speaker Bios:

Cristal Thomas Gary, MPP Cristal Thomas Gary is a principal at Leavitt Partners and oversees the State Insight practice area. Cristal is a public policy expert and strategist with 15 years’ experience as a trusted advisor to governors, cabinet secretaries, and health care executives. She has led complex health and human service agencies as well as several Medicaid and health care delivery system transformation initiatives.   Cristal is a former Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois, where she led the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, two major initiatives to reform the state’s Medicaid program, and development of a 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver. She is also a former state Medicaid Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region V Director, and a White House Office of Management and Budget Policy Analyst. Cristal received her bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Kelly McCracken, RD, CDE Kelly McCracken has worked as a dietitian, diabetes educator, and a public health practitioner for over 10 years. She started her career in the clinical setting working with families and children with type 1 diabetes at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Aurora, Colorado. She gained an interest in prevention that took her to local public health where she managed a WIC clinic for seven years. From there she became the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Unit Supervisor in the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In that role, Kelly worked with local, state and national partners to increase reimbursement for and access to evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs. She currently holds a position as a Public Health Consultant with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors where she manages the Medicaid Coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program project.

Laura Summers, MPP Laura Summers is the senior director of state intelligence at Leavitt Partners. Laura has expertise in economics, health care, and public policy. Her professional experience includes research for public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In health care, Laura’s research focus has been state-level health reform, with a particular focus in Medicaid and health insurance markets. At Leavitt Partners, Laura prepares detailed analyses of state-by-state comparative data, researches state public health programs, policies, and trends, and works on state health care reform initiatives. Specifically, Laura has provided project management and research support for the Leavitt Partners teams responsible for assisting states design and develop state-based health insurance market reforms, 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers and amendments, and other state health care reforms. Laura received her master of public policy with an emphasis in public economics from Brigham Young University and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Westminster College. 


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