Managed Healthcare Executive talked to L.A. Care's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Richard Seidman, in "Five Ways Diabetes Treatments are Changing". With diabetes being the most expensive chronic health condition in the United States, the piece reports on some of the latest treatments and programs to combat this disease.
L.A. Care Health Plan has launched a CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that targets individuals with pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes, says Richard Seidman, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of the Los Angeles, California-based insurer, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country.
The DPP's goal is to promote behavior change that results in healthier eating, increased physical activity, and at least 5% body weight loss. A trained lifestyle coach teaches the year-long program.
The program is available at more than 150 locations across Los Angeles County, in addition to eight online programs, Seidman says.--Managed Healthcare Executive
The article also profiled L.A. Care's diabetes self-management education program, to support members in meeting their personal goals for monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, healthy eating, being active and reducing risks.