Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma
In the fall of 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. The goal of this initiative is to work 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 and, over the three-year partnership clinics in the four states hope to improve care for over 30,000 at-risk children with asthma.
In the first year of the project, 23 clinics joined the initiative across the four states.
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest today announced the extension of the “Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma” project for an additional two years. 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.