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Eff Clin Pract. 1998 Aug-Sep;1(1):5-11.

Management of diabetes mellitus in the Lovelace Health Systems' EPISODES OF CARE program.

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  • 1Lovelace Healthcare Innovations and Lovelace Health Systems, NM, USA.

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  • Eff Clin Pract 1999 Mar-Apr;2(2):100.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To design and implement the Lovelace Diabetes EPISODES OF CARE program in a managed care setting. This program is intended to address the complex needs of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus by using specific physician-provider and patient interventions.

DESIGN:

Observational study.

SETTING:

Lovelace Health Systems, the second-largest and most fully integrated health care delivery system in New Mexico. The main facility is located in Albuquerque.

PARTICIPANTS:

Lovelace Health Plan members with type 2 diabetes.

INTERVENTIONS:

Physician-provider interventions included practice guidelines medical profile screens, and provider support reports. Patients interventions included diabetes education; improved access to care, with focused diabetes clinic visits and "Diabetes Days"; and reminder systems.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Glycohemoglobin values, dilated eye examination rates, and access to education.

RESULTS:

Significant lowering of glycohemoglobin values, dilated eye examination rates exceeding benchmark measures, and increases in educational access rates have occurred since the Lovelace Diabetes EPISODES OF CARE program was implemented.

CONCLUSIONS:

An integrated health care delivery system with a comprehensive, diabetes disease management program can substantially improve outcomes.

PMID:
10345262
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