Evaluating consumer financial incentives to improve glycemic control for at-risk populations with type 2 diabetes

The Foundation's initiative, Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, was designed to use research and evaluation to test hypothetical solutions for reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health care settings and actual disparity reduction outcomes in ongoing programs.This patient incentive study will evaluate whether an eight-month intervention based on behavioral economics can improve glycemic control among WellPoint health plan members with poorly controlled Type II diabetes who receive care in various provider groups, and whether the effects of the intervention differ across racial/ethnic groups. The intervention will be assessed in provider groups across California, Georgia, New York, Ohio, and Virginia. The randomized controlled trial will measure A1c for all participants at approximately 4, 8, and 14 months after they enroll in the study. The number of physician visits and medical care costs associated with the intervention will be reported.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $400,000.00

Awarded on: 10/7/2010

Time frame: 10/1/2010 - 12/31/2013

Grant Number: 68178


Wellpoint, Inc.

120 Monument Circle, Suite 200
Indianapolis, 46204-4901


Grace Haung Ting
Project Director