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Providers and payers pushed to pay for prevention in diabetes fight
Modern Healthcare

While recent studies suggest that the rates of diabetes and obesity in the U.S. have finally plateaued, experts say reversing the twin epidemics will require widespread adoption of lifestyle intervention techniques that have been proven to reverse obesity, the cause of most Type 2 diabetes.

Yet bipartisan legislation that would invest heavily in the diabetes prevention program languishes in Congress with zero chance of passage, according to the website www.govtrack.us. An analysis of the bill said its $7.7 billion in spending would be more than offset by the estimated $9.1 billion in savings from having fewer diabetic Medicare beneficiaries over the next 10 years, according to an analysis by Avalere Health.

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