Maryland Medicaid patients to participate in diabetes prevention programs

The state health department has chosen four companies to help implement diabetes prevention programs for Medicaid patients as part of a two-year pilot set up by the federal government.

Amerigroup, Jai Medical Systems, MedStar Family Choice and Priority Partners have been chosen by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to oversee the programs. The companies are four of eight managed care organizations that administer Medicaid coverage for low-income people in the state.

"This is a great opportunity for Maryland, and we are eager for the implementation of the project to get under way," Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Van T. Mitchell, said in a statement. "For Maryland to be one of two states selected to explore the viability of this service-delivery model in serving our Medicaid populations attests to the level of work being done by our team."

Maryland is one of two states that was awarded funding earlier this summer to be a part of the National Diabetes Prevention Programs, which aims to help keep low-income residents from developing diabetes

The program targets people with prediabetes and who are at risk for type 2 diabetes by helping them adopt lifestyle changes through healthier diets and exercise, among other things.

Oregon is also participating in the pilot.