Patty M. Orr

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Compliance with hemoglobin A1c (A1c) testing is suboptimal despite the clear national recommendations and guidelines established for care of patients with diabetes. Recent studies have demonstrated a relationship between participation in a diabetes disease management (DM) program and improved adherence to A1c testing. A focused intervention study was(More)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common chronic illness that affects an estimated 210 million people worldwide, including 12 million people in the United States. National and international guidelines for treatment of COPD recommend use of certain medications, especially bronchodilators and corticosteroids, but the extent to which these are(More)
This article reports on the outcomes associated with remote physiological monitoring (RPM) conducted as part of a heart failure disease management program. Claims data, medical records, data transmission records, and survey results for 91 individuals ages 50-92 (mean 74 years) successfully completing a heart failure RPM program were analyzed for time(More)
Elbow joint replacement is performed primarily in patients with severe elbow pain and elbow joint destruction caused by rheumatoid arthritis. The capitellocondylar implant is the prototype of the nonconstrained elbow resurfacing implant. Successful total elbow joint replacement can result in pain relief and improve rotation and flexion of the arm.(More)
Diabetes disease management (DM) programs strive to promote healthy behaviors, including obtaining hemoglobin A1c (A1c) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) tests as part of standards of care. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between frequency of telephonic contact and A1c and LDL testing rates. A total of 245,668 members continuously(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether diabetes disease management (DM) programs are able to improve adherence to glycosylated hemoglobin (A1C) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) clinical testing in a nonadherent population and to quantify the efficacy of telephonic interventions in improving clinical testing rates. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective,(More)
Adherence to cardiovascular disease standards of care is critically important for minimizing the risk of mortality and morbidity for individuals with coronary heart disease (CHD) and heart failure (HF). The purpose of this study was to assess the ability of cardiac disease management (DM) programs to assist members with their adherence to evidence-based(More)
An outpatient and inpatient educational program was developed to meet the medical and surgical needs of arthritis patients undergoing a total hip or knee replacement. This program is one component of a total Arthritis Center Program that includes outpatient treatment, inpatient rehabilitation, and acute medical and joint surgery. The education program(More)
Poor lipid control is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes complications. Frequently, however, patients with these diseases do not achieve blood lipid levels recommended by current standards of care. A retrospective study of 67,244 members eligible for disease management (DM) was initiated to evaluate the ability of interventions to(More)
Self-assessed functional ability of patients with arthritis was measured prior to their participation in a 6-day inpatient arthritis rehabilitation program. Self-assessed functional ability was rechecked at discharge and again at the follow-up, which took place 5 to 10 weeks after discharge. Patients at five different centers completed the modified Health(More)