Translational Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 385–387 | Cite as

Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38) and Society of Behavioral Medicine joint position statement on the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

  • Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick
  • Dawn K. Wilson
  • Sherry L. Pagoto
  • on behalf of the American Psychological Association Society for Health Psychology and the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Practice and Public Health Policies


Beginning in January 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to cover the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), also referred to as Medicare DPP. The American Psychological Association Society for Health Psychology (SfHP) and the Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM) reviewed the proposed plan. SfHP and SBM are in support of the CMS decision to cover DPP for Medicare beneficiaries but have a significant concern that aspects of the proposal will limit the public health impact. Concerns include the emphasis on weight outcomes to determine continued coverage and the lack of details regarding requirements for coaches. SfHP and SBM are in strong support of modifications to the proposal that would remove the minimum weight loss stipulation to determine coverage and to specify type and qualifications of “coaches.”


Diabetes Policy Medicare Weight loss 

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© Society of Behavioral Medicine 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick
    • 1
  • Dawn K. Wilson
    • 2
  • Sherry L. Pagoto
    • 3
  • on behalf of the American Psychological Association Society for Health Psychology and the Society of Behavioral Medicine
  1. 1.Kaiser Permanente Center for Health ResearchPortlandUSA
  2. 2.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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