Managed Healthcare Executive Features L.A. Care's Diabetes Programs

Friday, April 5, 2019

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.


About L.A. Care Health Plan

L.A. Care Health Plan serves nearly 2.2 million members in Los Angeles County, making it the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country. L.A. Care offers four health coverage plans including Medi-CalL.A. Care Covered™L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for L.A. County's low-income communities, and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. L.A. Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, elevating health care for all of L.A. County. For more information, follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.

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