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This press release is an announcement submitted by Medicare Diabetes Screening Project, and was not written by Diabetes Health.
Leaders of the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project (MDSP) announced that twenty community-based organizations from 17 states were given awards of $2,500 each to be used to encourage seniors ages 65 and older who are covered under Medicare to get screened for diabetes.
Selected from more than 120 applications from 33 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, the award-winning proposals offered a variety of innovative ways for increasing awareness of the diabetes screening benefits offered by Medicare and motivating eligible seniors to take action.
The Medicare Diabetes Screening Project is designed to help improve the lives of seniors ages 65 and older by educating them about the diabetes screening benefits offered by Medicare and encouraging them to ask their health care providers about getting screened during their next office visit. Founded in 2006, the MDSP is a coalition of more than 20 national public, private and non-profit organizations, co-led by the American Diabetes Association, the Healthcare Leadership Council, and Novo Nordisk Inc., which provided funding for the MDSP awards.
Beginning in 2005, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began offering coverage under Medicare for screening for diabetes and pre-diabetes. The government's goal was twofold: to encourage diabetes prevention among those found to have pre-diabetes, and to identify people who were unaware they already had diabetes so that they could begin treatment and potentially stave off the serious complications of the disease.
Examples of ideas to be implemented by the award winners include:
A complete list of the award winners is as follows:
The Medicare Diabetes Screening Project is a national effort to reach and motivate seniors who have undiagnosed diabetes or pre-diabetes, and encourage them to see their doctors or other health care providers, and take advantage of the free diabetes screening benefits offered by Medicare. To learn more, visit www.screenfordiabetes.org.
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