March 2016

RTI International publishes an evaluation of a YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) Health Care Innovation Award implementation of the Diabetes Prevention Program with Medicare beneficiaries in 17 YMCA locations. RTI found that in the first five quarters of the program, medical cost savings amounted to $2,636 per participant. Through the first 11 quarters, those attending at least one core session lost 3.8% of their body weight, and those attending at least four core sessions lost 4.5% of their body weight. For additional data reports from this project, see CMS’ Health Care Innovation Awards page.