About the AADE Diabetes Prevention Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 86 million adults (one in three) in the U.S. have prediabetes. The National DPP brings an evidence-based Lifestyle Change Program for preventing type 2 diabetes to local communities.

In 2012, CDC selected AADE as one of six partner organizations to assist in expanding the reach of the National DPP. An overarching goal of this project is to make the Lifestyle Change Program a covered healthcare benefit for people with prediabetes.

AADE is currently funding a total of 44 AADE-accredited and/or ADA-recognized DSME sites in 16 states to implement the National DPP.

AADE is contributing to the overall sustainability of the National DPP by working with our network of AADE DPP sites using our AADE DPP model. All our sites are nationally certified Diabetes Self Management Education programs and, in turn, have staff who are experienced in the clinical setting. Most AADE DPP staff are health care professionals and all programs have oversight by a Diabetes Educator. All coaches implementing the the program received Lifestyle Coach training. 

AADE is also coordinating with CDC and other national organizations, state health departments, employers groups, insurance groups and other third-party payers to support the coverage of DPP as a medical benefit. We are using the success of our AADE DPP model to demonstrate that offering the National DPP as a reimbursable benefit is cost effective and often cost saving for the third party payer.

Medicare Expansion of Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Model


The proposed expansion of Medicare coverage of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) was released in the July 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Since then, AADE has been reviewing the proposed coverage elements and structuring our comments accordingly to best benefit our national accredited DSME programs, our AADE Diabetes Prevention Program network, and our vast membership.


Read AADE’s comments on Medicare expansion into Prediabetes.



AADE Diabetes Prevention Program Staff

Joanna Craver DiBenedetto, MNM
Director of Prevention
CDC DP-1212 Principal Investigator

Natalie Blum, BSHA
Manager of Prevention

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