Massachusetts Medical Society: Engaging Physicians and Care Teams to Prevent Diabetes

Engaging Physicians and Care Teams to Prevent Diabetes

Engaging Physicians and Care Teams to Prevent Diabetes

Eighty six million adults in the United States have prediabetes, but 90 percent of them are undiagnosed. In the average primary care practice in Massachusetts, up to one third of patients age 18 and above - and up to half age 65 and above - could be at risk for prediabetes. Up to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop diabetes within five years. People with prediabetes also have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Early and intensive lifestyle intervention can prevent or delay diabetes in at risk patients. Physicians and their care teams play an important role in diabetes prevention. This diabetes prevention module presents strategies to help physicians as well as practice staff educate patients about their risk for developing diabetes and refer at risk patients to an evidence based diabetes prevention program (DPP). This module also addresses the need for helping physicians determine roles and responsibilities and practice flow for diabetes prevention in a clinical setting.


After participating in this activity, you should be able to: 

  • Describe the clinical practice burden and trends in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes
  • Cite the evidence that supports systematically screening patients for prediabetes, and referring to a community based program, like the National Diabetes Prevention Program, to prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Identify the tools available to identify patients with prediabetes and establish a referral process


Max Alderman, MPH
Diabetes Program Coordinator, Division of Prevention and Wellness
Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  

Kate Kirley, MD, MS
Director of Chronic Disease Prevention, Improving Health Outcomes group
American Medical Association. 

Janet Williams, MA
Senior Program Manager, Improving Health Outcomes group
American Medical Association. 

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: Free   
Non-MMS Member: Free   
Allied Health Professionals: Free


Slides & Video

CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).

Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. 

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term

Original Release Date: June 30, 2017
Review Date: December 3, 2018   
Termination Date: June 30, 2020

System Requirements

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8  
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

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Safari 5+  
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)  
Android devices including tablets and phones.  
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported. 

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