Managing Diabetes through Prevention and Care

Nearly 347 million people are affected by diabetes worldwide and the physical, emotional and financial impact is staggering. In the United States alone, 29.1 million people have diabetes, 8.1 million don’t know they have the disease and an estimated 86 million have prediabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates the total cost of diagnosed diabetes is $245 billion in the U.S., with one in 10 health care dollars spent treating diabetes and its complications1.

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases and is closely linked to obesity and inactivity. The good news is that with a sensible diet and exercise, adherence to medications and controlling blood sugar, you can take charge of your diabetes and help prevent its deadly complications.  It is our goal at UnitedHealthcare to give our members programs and tools to help stop diabetes through education and action.

UnitedHealthcare and Optum have collaborated on an innovative solution designed to turn the tide on this devastating condition to help people live healthier lives. Every day, we strive to create awareness and provide resources that empower consumers to make a difference in their own lives and the lives they touch each day.

Our Diabetes Solution

includes a plan design that provides members a rich set of diabetes-related benefits and an integrated set of digital engagement and clinical support capabilities.  Members receive a welcome kit and a mobile diabetes application that provides a set of robust features to track and share blood glucose levels, with access to a Care Team (wellness coach and nurse) within the app, fitness, nutrition and medication tracking and medication reminders. 

A secure microsite gives members a Personal Health Summary and trending analysis/reports that can be printed in PDF format and emailed to a doctor or caregiver

Diabetes is on the rise, costing $245B annually

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Infographic about Diabetes
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1 in 5

health care dollars are spent on people with diabetes

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annual cost to members
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Americans (9.3% of the population) have diabetes
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adults are diagnosed/year; 3,835/day; one every 23 seconds
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1 in 3

adults will have diabetes by 2050 if present trend continues

8.7% of all adults (88 out of 1,000 employees) saw their health condition progressively worsen in one year.*

Our Value Based Plan Design

is the foundational program for those members with prediabetes, diabetes or members with high blood pressure and high cholesterol who are At-Risk for progressing to prediabetes or diabetes.  The plan provides members that have a traditional UnitedHealthcare medical plan with 100% coverage for diabetes related office visits and for those on a high deductible plan, the member must meet their deductible before office visits are covered at 100%.  Members with Optum Rx receive waived or reduced co-pays on tier 1 and 2 medications for both traditional and high deductible plans (3rd Party Pharmacy Benefits Manager coverages are dependent on the customers’ defined prescription drug list). 

The expected value of a comprehensive, individual-focused solution.

Infographic: A comprehensive, individual-focused solution

Contact your UnitedHealthcare representative to learn more about our full complement of diabetes solutions available to our customers.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes statistics report: estimates of diabetes and its burden in the United States, 2014. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 

1American Diabetes Association fast facts, December 2015 
 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (released June 10, 2014)