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PRESS RELEASE:  Priority Health First to Offer Omada Health Virtual Diabetes Prevention Tool to Michigan

(Grand Rapids, Mich. – October 3, 2018): Today Priority Health announced it will offer a new digital prevention tool to help members manage their diabetes. Through its partnership with Omada Health, Priority Health will provide clinically-eligible members access to Omada, the country’s leading digital Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), beginning this month. Priority Health is the first health plan in Michigan to add the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fully recognized digital Diabetes Prevention Program as a preventive benefit.

 Omada offers an evidence-based digital program that empowers people to make sustainable behavioral changes and lower their risk of chronic disease. The company offers an adaptable intervention for employees or members at risk for obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Leveraging social connectivity, professional health coaches, engaging curriculum, and connected tools, the Omada program is now available to most Priority Health commercial members with prediabetes or at-risk to develop type 2 diabetes.

 Priority Health members can access the Omada Program with their computer, smartphone, or tablet. The format of the program allows participants to access content when and where they need it most, and adapts to their needs. The program includes small group support, personalized health coaching and easy-to-use digital tools that help members track their success.

 The virtual program is being offered as an additional option to Priority Health’s award-winning work with the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which provides members an in-person diabetes prevention program in a supportive group environment. Participating members have seen incredible results, including increased activity levels and weight loss.

 "Diabetes continues to be one of the fastest growing chronic diseases in the nation, and Michiganders suffer more than in most states," said John Fox, M.D., associate vice president, medical affairs at Priority Health. "As we pursue new tools to fight diabetes and its consequences, Omada provides our members a convenient, engaging, and proven method to manage diabetes."

 Omada’s program is built on the foundation of the National Institute of Health’s groundbreaking National Diabetes Prevention Program and recently achieved full CDC recognition. Ten peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated that Omada participants lose and maintain clinically-significant amounts of weight over a three-year horizon, sustainably lowering chronic disease risk.

 According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 1.8 million people in Michigan have diabetes. Another 2.7 million have prediabetes. In 2018, these conditions will cost Michigan an estimated $9.7 billion. The collaboration between Priority Health and Omada promises to provide at-risk individuals with the knowledge, tools, and social support proven to reduce disease risk.

 “When we partner with innovative health plans to expand the universe of individuals who have access to the Omada Program, we can make significant progress in reducing disease rates and lowering healthcare costs,” said Omada co-founder and CEO Sean Duffy. “We look forward to working with Priority Health to make a real impact on diabetes incidence in Michigan.”

 About Priority Health:

Priority Health is an award-winning, Michigan-based non-profit health plan nationally recognized for improving the health and lives of the people it serves. It continues to lead the industry in engaging members in their health, delivering effective health and disease management programs and working with physicians to improve health care outcomes and performance. Priority Health is one of only 20 health plans nationwide offering wellness programs accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization which also rated it among the best health plans in the nation. The State of Michigan named the Priority Health HMO the benchmark plan for all individual and group HMO plans to model.

Priority Health offers a broad portfolio of health benefit options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Its network of health care providers features 95 percent of practicing physicians available in Michigan and more than 900,000 health care providers nationwide.

 About Omada Health:

Omada is a digital intensive behavioral counseling program focused on reducing costly chronic disease in employer and health plan populations. The company offers a scalable, adaptable intervention for employees or members at risk for, or with, obesity-related chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Omada is the largest CDC-recognized provider of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, with deep integration experience with leading health plans, outcomes-based pricing, and ten peer-reviewed studies demonstrating the company’s ability to deliver lasting, clinically-meaningful results. Omada Health was named a 2016 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, and one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative 2017. To learn more, visit www.omadahealth.com.

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