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Asthma Guidelines-Based Care Coverage Project Materials

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Guidelines focus its recommendations in four components or areas:

  • Assessment and Monitoring of Patients with Asthma;
  • Education about Asthma Self-Management;
  • Control of Environmental Exposures that Affect Asthma; and
  • Medications to Treat Asthma.

For the Asthma Care Coverage Project, the American Lung Association will track the coverage and any related barriers in seven different areas of asthma care, including, quick relief medications, controller medications, devices, allergy testing, allergen immunotherapy, home visits and interventions, and self-management education. The following materials provide a further look into the NAEPP Guidelines and the Asthma Care Coverage Project.

A key component of asthma management is self-management education, during which patients and families learn to use prescribed asthma-control medicines and equipment correctly, recognize early symptoms of an asthma episode and respond appropriately, and mitigate asthma triggers in homes and other environments. This education empowers patients to proactively manage asthma symptoms throughout their daily routines. Despite the importance of asthma self-management education, many people with asthma do not receive adequate education to control their disease. The following issue brief takes an in-depth look at Medicaid coverage for asthma self-management education, examining the range of services, providers and settings covered by Medicaid plans across ten states.


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