Priority Health launches pilot of new Diabetes Prevention Program for Medicaid members

(Grand Rapids, Mich. – Feb. 10, 2022) Priority Health, a nationally recognized nonprofit health plan, announced today it has launched a new pilot Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for eligible Medicaid members through a grant with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM).

This free program, run through NKFM, is aimed to help members with prediabetes develop healthy habits to help prevent the risk of Type 2 diabetes. The year-long virtual DPP will guide eligible Priority Health members through making gradual changes towards leading a healthier lifestyle through healthy eating, exercise and stress management. The pilot is open to 100 members and is expected to expand.

37.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. The good news is that with proper management and lifestyle choices, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented,” said David Rzeszutko, M.D., MBA, senior medical director at Priority Health. “Through this grant with NKFM, we are allowing our members to take these steps."

Those who enroll will receive a wireless smart scale, access to a trained lifestyle coach, workshop materials, interactive lessons and an online community.

“The NKFM is excited about the continued partnership with Priority Health and their support of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Our collective and innovative thinking continue to expand this program to those who need it most," said Adam Russell, NKFM Senior Program Manager.

Enrolled members in the program have the ability to earn rewards which they can redeem for items such as a kitchen food scale, grocery store gift cards, etc. throughout the year.

To learn more, visit the NKFM program page at readysetprevent.org or call 800.482.1455.

About Priority Health:

With over 30 years in business, Priority Health is the second largest health plan in Michigan, offering an extensive portfolio of health benefits options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Serving more than one million members each year and offering a broad network of primary care physicians in Michigan, Priority Health continues to be recognized as a leader for quality, customer service, transparency and product innovation. Learn more about affordable, quality health coverage options from Priority Health.