Asthma Care Advances

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Each year, nearly 26 million people are affected by asthma, including 7 million children. The economic impact of asthma alone is estimated at $56 billion annually.[1]  Affecting one in twelve Americans, asthma disproportionately impacts children, racial and ethnic minorities, and low-income adults. 

To help consumers take actionable steps to control their asthma, today’s healthcare system must integrate targeted and effective outreach programs and services for existing and newly insured populations. Research has shown the environmental impact of asthma and poor outcomes based on where one lives, learns, works and plays. With proper medical treatment and control of environmental asthma triggers such as dust mites, molds, pet dander, and secondhand smoke, people with asthma can lead healthy and active lives.

Health Insurance Plan Strategies for Managing Asthma and Reducing Exposure to Environmental Triggers is a multi-year collaboration between America's Health Insurance Plans and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Through this collaboration, AHIP and the EPA are working to identify and promote health plan best practices that align with the National Institute of Health’s EPR-3 asthma guidelines and that take into account the role of environmental triggers that affect asthma. 

With a specific focus on culturally diverse populations, AHIP will accelerate efforts to assess and disseminate innovative health plan interventions that help to prevent the onset of asthma episodes related to indoor environmental triggers and promote evidence-based asthma management strategies. AHIP will conduct two national assessments to examine health plan asthma care programs, design and delivery that improve quality of care, lower health care costs, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in asthma care. AHIP is engaging with health plan experts and key leaders in a Leadership Roundtable and series of web conferences to identify and promote best practices and demonstrate improvements in asthma care.



"Health plans have a long-standing commitment to improving the lives of individuals with asthma and experience with culturally-sensitive, comprehensive asthma management strategies. Each year, the EPA, through its National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management, recognizes health plans for delivering excellent environmental asthma management as part of their comprehensive asthma care services.

Previous awardees include Blue Cross of California, State Sponsored Business Unit; Centene Corporation, Nurtur, Managed Health Services; L.A. Cares About Asthma; Monroe Plan for Medical Care; Neighborhood Health Plan; Optima Health, Peach State Health Plan; and Priority Health.”









 


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    Resources

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    On-Demand Webinar: Connecting Providers and Communities to Engage Consumers in Asthma Care 
    May 20, 2015
    As part of a multi-year initiative with the U.S. EPA, AHIP hosted the second in a series of webinars to promote health plan best practices for managing asthma and reducing exposure to environmental asthma triggers. Establishing effective linkages between clinical and community settings is known to improve patient outcomes, especially for at-risk and vulnerable populations. During this 90-minute webinar, health plan leaders discussed successful strategies for collaborating with providers and community stakeholders to effectively engage consumers in monitoring and taking control of their asthma. The presenters described models that are working, and best practices for linking consumers with in-home services to improve asthma care management through use of providers and community based organizations.

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    webinarsOn-Demand Webinar: Health Plan Strategies for Managing Asthma and Reducing Exposure to Environmental Triggers
    January 13, 2015
    AHIP, in partnership with the EPA, is collaborating in a multi-year initiative to identify and promote health plan best practices that align with the National Institute of Health’s EPR-3 asthma guidelines and that take into account the role of environmental triggers that affect asthma. This webinar featured health plans that have been successful in implementing culturally sensitive, comprehensive asthma management interventions and have been recognized for delivering environmental asthma management as part of their comprehensive asthma care services.

     


    1. Asthma’s impact on the nation.  National Asthma Control Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 8, 2012. Accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/impacts_nation/Asthma_Impacts_Nation_Infographic.pdf