DPP Provider Resources
An elevated BMI is required (> = 25, > = 23 for Asians)
Must have one of the following:
- Hemoglobin A1c 5.7-6.4% (preferred)
- Fasting blood glucose 100-125 mg/dl
- History of gestational diabetes (not covered by Medicare)
Medicare and Medicaid cover DPP in Maryland. Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs (EHP) also cover the DPP, but there may be out-of-pocket costs depending on your plan. Other insurances (e.g., USFHP, Care First, CIGNA, and Aetna) do not currently cover the DPP. We are hopeful that more insurance plans will cover the program in the future.
Johns Hopkins Provider
Type "DPP" in the Epic orders box.
Once we receive the referral electronically, the DPP coordinator will contact your patient to complete the screening process and enroll the patient if eligible and interested.
You will receive a staff message if your patient is enrolled, as well as progress updates at 6 months and 1 year.
All Other Providers
Submit this referral form.
Once we receive the referral by fax, the DPP coordinator will contact your patient to complete the screening process and enroll the patient if eligible and interested.
The DPP is the standard of care for patients with overweight/obesity and prediabetes. CDC supports this lifestyle change program because research shows that it works. The original DPP trial showed that completing this lifestyle change program reduced program participants’ chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% compared to placebo (71% for individuals aged 60 and older), nearly twice as much as the reduction among the group taking metformin (31%).
Referring patients to the DPP program helps reinforce the important advice that you give them during their visits. Because CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs use a research-based curriculum and trained coaches, you can trust that your patients are receiving evidence-based information about weight loss, increasing physical activity, and other important lifestyle changes. Once they have enrolled in the program, you may even find that their increased knowledge saves you time during office visits.
- Patients receive a scale to track their weight
- Tools to track their nutrition and physical activity
- Improved nutrition
- Increased physical activity
- Motivation to sustain behavior changes
- Peer support
- Managing stress
DPP How to Refer Flyer
DPP General Overview
DPP Patient Flyer #1
DPP Patient Flyer #2
DPP Patient Flyer - Spanish
DPP Referral Form: Non Hopkins/Non-EPIC
DPP 0.75 CME/CE Module: Increasing Patient Engagement
DPP How to Refer Video