Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma
Starting in 2012 the Health Care Service Corporation partnered with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest to fund the Enhancing Asthma Care project in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. This initiative works directly with clinics to improve care for asthma patients. This type of initiative has proven success with over 120 clinics in the Upper Midwest through the guidance of the American Lung Association in Minnesota. Over the first three-years of the partnership, clinics in the four states improved care for over 30,000 at-risk children.
In the first three years of the project, nearly 60 clinics joined the initiative across the four states.
Initial results from 28 clinic locations in Illinois and New Mexico that participated in the first two years of the program show decreases in hospitalizations and emergency room visits, which can help lower cost of care. For Illinois and New Mexico combined, there was a 62 percent decrease in hospitalizations for children diagnosed with asthma who received care at a participating clinic. In addition, for the same population, there was a 54 percent decrease in emergency department visits1.
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest announced the extension of the “Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma” project for an additional two years through 2017.