Study: Financial incentives for Medicaid beneficiaries increased participation in diabetes program, but did not increase weight loss

June 12, 2016

Financial incentives for Medicaid beneficiaries increased participation in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), but did not increase weight loss during the core sessions, according to results of the We Can Prevent Diabetes study. Investigators from Minnesota presented the findings at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 76th Scientific Sessions. The aim of the research was to use incentives to promote healthy behaviors in the Medicaid population. Results suggested a decline in attendance during the core sessions of 38% in those earning individual rewards, 41% in the group-earned incentives and 63% in the control group. Decline in weight loss was similar between groups with the individual rewards at 2.1% and the group reward and control group each at 2.3%. Also comparable between groups was the rate of participants achieving at least 5% weight loss with the individual incentive group at 5.9%, the group incentive at 9.4% and control at 7.1%. The researchers presented the findings at the American Diabetes Association 76th Scientific Sessions.