MaineCare Notice of Agency Rule-making Proposal, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 71, National Diabetes Prevention Program Services

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Notice of Agency Rule-making Proposal

AGENCY:  Department of Health and Human Services, MaineCare Services, Division of Policy

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: 10-144 C.M.R. Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 71, National Diabetes Prevention Program Services


CONCISE SUMMARY: This proposed rulemaking seeks to make the following changes:

This proposed rulemaking establishes MaineCare Benefits Manual Chapter II, Section 71, National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) Services, which allows MaineCare to reimburse providers for delivering the National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Change Program (National DPP LCP).

The National DPP LCP is an evidence-based, intensive lifestyle behavior change program designed and overseen by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to teach participants the skills to change and maintain physical activity levels and dietary habits to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Members are eligible for the National DPP LCP when they have a qualifying body mass index in addition to a positive screening for prediabetes or a qualifying blood test. To enroll as a MaineCare National DPP LCP Provider (Provider), providers must have recognition awarded by the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) and adhere to the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program Standards and Operating Procedures,” (DPRP Standards) published by the CDC on May 1, 2021 (OMB No. 0920-0909, Exp. Date: 04/30/2024), which outlines provider requirements for delivering the National DPP LCP. The DPRP Standards is incorporated by reference in the rule and is available on the CDC’s National DPP webpage at:

The National DPP LCP is comprised of twenty-two sessions delivered over the course of one year, and Providers must use the CDC’s PreventT2 Curriculum or another CDC-approved curriculum. The first sixteen core sessions occur during the first six months and the final six maintenance sessions occur monthly during the last six months. Trained lifestyle coaches deliver sessions in-person and/or via telehealth for approximately sixty minutes per session. The allowed amount for each session is 100% of Medicare’s current total reimbursement for all sessions without weight loss included in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) divided by the total number of sessions required by the DPRP Standards.

Providers are eligible for two performance payments if members achieve weight loss or HbA1C goals. The allowed amount for each performance payment is 100% of Medicare’s current maximum reimbursement for payments related to weight loss included in the MDPP divided by two.

This rulemaking complies with P.L. 2021, Ch. 639, An Act to Codify MaineCare Rate System Reform, codified in 22 M.R.S. Sec. 3173-J. The Department issued a Rate Determination Initiation Notice on December 16, 2022. The Department held a public rate forum on February 6, 2023, to collect stakeholder input and comments to inform the Rate Determination process for the NDPP and accepted written comments through February 27, 2023. The Department published responses to comments on April 25, 2023.

See for rules and related rulemaking documents.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 M.R.S. §§ 42, 3173; P.L. 2021, Ch. 398, Part A, Sec. A-17; 22 M.R.S. 3173-J

DATE, TIME, AND PLACE OF PUBLIC HEARING: 9:00am; Monday, September 18, 2023

The Department will hold a combined in-person and remote (via Zoom) public hearing.

Location: State Office Building, Conference Rooms A and B

109 Capitol Street, Augusta, ME

Zoom Meeting link:

Meeting ID: 828 2054 1752

Some devices may require downloading a free app from Zoom prior to joining the public hearing event. The Department requests that any individual requiring special arrangements to attend the hearing in person contact the agency person listed below 5 days in advance of the hearing.

In addition to the public hearing, individuals may submit written comments to DHHS by the date listed in this notice.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS:       Comments must be received by 11:59 PM on September 28, 2023.

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:           Henry Eckerson, Comprehensive Health Planner II

AGENCY NAME:                                  MaineCare Services

ADDRESS:                                             109 Capitol Street, 11 State House Station

                                                                Augusta, Maine 04333-0011


TELEPHONE:                                        207-624-4085 FAX: (207) 287-6106

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IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any): The Department anticipates that this rulemaking will not have any impact on municipalities or counties.



Office: MaineCare Services

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