Rite Aid pharmacists are now participating in the Diabetes Control Program (DCP), giving many Clevelanders with diabetes a new and convenient way to manage their condition. The DCP is part of UnitedHealth Group’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA), an innovative, community-based initiative aimed at fighting the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
The DCP is now available at no additional cost to Cleveland-area residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored health plans. DPCA services also are available to other health insurers looking for a cost-effective method to help manage the symptoms – and costs – of diabetes.
The DCP is based on curriculum that has been clinically proven to help control type 2 diabetes and is now available at 25 Rite Aid pharmacies in Cleveland. In 2010, nearly 890,000 people 18 and older in Ohio (more than 10 percent of this age group) are estimated to have been diagnosed with diabetes. Also, about 266,000 people 18 years and older in Ohio are believed to have diabetes and not know it. The total for both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes is estimated at more than 1.1 million Ohioans
Rite Aid will connect people who have diabetes and who are enrolled in the DCP with Rite Aid pharmacists trained in diabetes care and medication therapy management, offering private, one-on-one consultations that provide education and support. Pharmacists will also consult regularly with enrolled patients to evaluate their success adhering to prescribed diabetes regimens and to review the patient’s test results for blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. Proper diabetes management has been proven to help reduce the risk of developing complications from diabetes, such as heart disease, nerve disease, blindness and limb amputations.
DPCA Service Available at No Additional Out-of-Pocket Cost to Enrolled Patients
Services offered by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance may be contracted by any health insurer or plan sponsor. Currently, DPCA services are available at no additional out-of-pocket cost to participants enrolled in employer-provided health insurance plans through UnitedHealthcare and Medica in select markets. Cleveland-area plan participants who are eligible for the Diabetes Control Program are being contacted with information on how to enroll.
“Rite Aid's relationship with the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance is an important step to show our patients with diabetes that they aren’t alone when it comes to managing their diabetes,” said Robert I. Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “Thanks to this innovative collaboration, Cleveland patients enrolled in the Diabetes Control Program can now receive one-on-one counseling with a Rite Aid pharmacist specifically trained in diabetes care and medication therapy management – all at no additional out-of-pocket cost.”