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Screen and Refer to the National DPP

If you’d like to offer the CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs you must submit an application and meet certain standards—such as having trained lifestyle coaches and using a CDC-approved curriculum. This ensures the programs are of high quality.

Screening Participants

Please contact your local health department lead or the Utah Department of Health for assistance.

Risk Assessment Criteria & Frequency

In October 2015, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended screening for abnormal blood glucose as part of cardiovascular risk assessment in adults aged 40 to 70 years who are overweight or obese. Clinicians should offer or refer patients with abnormal blood glucose to intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity.

Age & BMI

Grade B recommentation

  • 40-70 age AND
  • BMI ≥ 25

The USPSTF standards suggest testing adults of a lower age or BMI if risk factors are present.

  • Family history
  • Medical history of gestational diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Racial & ethnic minorities

Visit the AMA's Prevent Diabetes STAT website for more information.

Reference: Siu AL. U S Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Abnormal Blood Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(11):861-8.

Identifying Patients

For more information visit the CDC's website at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/lifestyle-program/deliverers/index.html.

Resources for screening, testing and referring on the CDC's website.

Referrals to National DPP

Research shows that patients are more likely to engage in preventive health behaviors when their health care professional recommends them.

Referring a Patient

A formal referral from the physician is a recommended best practice. The program administrator or coach typically reaches out to the patient and shares program details, which in turn increases the likelihood of enrollment. The Utah Deparment of Health will soon offer at no cost to physicians the use of an online bi-directional referral system to refer patients into the National DPP and other self-management classes.

Patients can be referred to the National DPP by downloading and printing our Fax Referral Form (PDF) and soon online!

Best Practices for Referrals

Listed here are a few best practices for enabling physicians and care teams to refer into National DPP classes:

Reimbursement for Prediabetes Screening

The following ICD billing code sheet will enable physician practices to obtain reimbursement for prediabetes screening.

ICD Billing Codes

Commonly Used Current Procedural terminology and ICD Codes (PDF)

Prevent Diabetes STAT Toolkit

The American Medical Association's (AMA) Prevent Diabetes STAT (Screen/Test/Act/Today) Toolkit is available for you to use to learn more on creating partnerships with healthcare organizations and clinics.

Business Associate Agreement

The AMA provides additional resources that may be helpful in connecting with diabetes prevention programs, including a sample Business Associate Agreement (PDF).

Sample Referral Form

Download and print the Sample Referral Form with a BMI table (PDF).

Be sure to watch the AMA’s Preventing Diabetes in At-Risk Patients (CME Credits: 1.0) at www.stepsforward.org/modules/prevent-type-2-diabetes

For more information visit the CDC's website at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/lifestyle-program/deliverers/index.html.