Security Health Plan is implementing a new virtual program to help improve the health of its adult members who are at risk for Type 2 diabetes or heart disease or are living with diabetes.
Omada® is a personalized virtual health care program that gives members the tools and support needed to help them lose weight, manage diabetes and improve overall health.
The Omada program is covered by Security Health Plan at no cost to members. It is being offered to employer group plan members and to Medicare Advantage members who qualify.
“We want to support our members in creative ways, through care options outside the traditional clinical setting,” said Security Health Plan Director of Population Health Heather Kurtz. “Omada programs are digitally accessible from just about anywhere, and are a powerful way to assist our members in making positive, long-lasting changes.”
Qualifying members receive secure, 24/7 access to:
- A dedicated Omada health coach and care team.
- Smart devices like a scale and/or glucose meter.
- Interactive weekly lessons.
- A personalized online dashboard.
- An online community tailored to the member’s interests.
Specific programs are offered to members struggling with these issues:
- Ongoing one-on-one health coaching.
- Connected scale to monitor progress.
- Nutrition tips, ideas, and recipes.
Staying on top of diabetes
- Specialized coaching from a certified diabetes specialist.
- Connected devices to monitor glucose.
- Immediate feedback on glucose readings.
Improving overall health
- Strategies to sleep better and manage stress.
- Interactive lessons to build healthy habits.
- Techniques to overcome challenges.
Members have begun receiving email invitations to take an online assessment which will help Omada determine if they are at risk for Type 2 diabetes or heart disease, or are already living with diabetes, and are eligible for the Omada programs.
More than 300 Security Health Plan members have already applied to be part of the Omada programs and will begin their journeys in the next couple of weeks.
The Omada program is the latest in an arsenal of diabetes treatment and prevention benefits and resources offered with Security Health Plan coverage:
- A $25 monthly cap on select insulin for all members who pay out-of-pocket
costs for insulin.
- 100% coverage for select diabetic supplies
- 100% coverage for two A1c tests per year for those diagnosed with diabetes.
- Health coaching via phone to help members reach wellness goals, like weight management, reducing stress and quitting smoking.
- WebMD online health assessments to help members see where changes could make a difference.
- Guidebooks and other resources to help members stick with healthy lifestyle changes.
- Personalized support and information with WebMD’s Daily Habits program.
- Living Well workshops to help members manage the condition
Marshfield Clinic Health System offers two programs that can help members better manage diabetes and actually prevent it if they are pre-diabetic.
Patients who have completed the Marshfield Clinic Health System’s Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) program experience an average decrease in their HgbA1c of 1% or greater. And national diabetes prevention program data shows that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program like the Diabetes Prevention Program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.
- The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a year-long lifestyle change program for people at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes – 1-hour virtual group meetings with a lifestyle coach to discuss individual goals, share experiences and offer support for one another.
- Weekly for four months
- Every two weeks for two months
- Monthly for the remaining six months
- The Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) program is an individual assessment by a diabetes educator who will share personal health habits and ways to prevent, recognize and treat long-term complications. Skills members will learn to self-manage in diabetes include:
- Blood sugar testing and control methods
- Use of medications medicines
- Meal planning and grocery shopping
- Physical activity and exercise
“The Marshfield Clinic’s Diabetes Prevention Program and Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support program are free and are aimed at helping people manage their diabetes and stay healthy,” said Manager of Wellness and Health Promotion Dave Scheuer.
For more information on the Omada programs, visit https://www.securityhealth.org/find-a-plan/for-employers/omada or https://omadahealth.com/shp.