LAS CRUCES HEALTH CLINICS ENROLL IN PROGRAM TO IMPROVE CHILDHOOD ASTHMA CARE
The American Lung Association is recruiting additional partners to reduce health risks of asthma
(October 14, 2016) - Las Cruces, NM
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LAS CRUCES, NM (Oct. 13, 2016) – Four health clinics in southwest New Mexico recently committed to improving asthma care in an effort to decrease asthma-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Through Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma, a program sponsored by the American Lung Association in New Mexico and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM), these clinics will develop procedures to improve care for children with asthma, from the first appointment to implementing a treatment plan.
The Lung Association provides participating clinics with training, mentoring and technical assistance to ensure asthma patients and their families have received preeminent guidance and support throughout all stages of clinic care, resulting in increased health outcomes. The clinics begin with an assessment of their asthma care, attend joint clinic meetings, receive trainings and conduct 12- and 18- month audits. Participating clinics in the southwest New Mexico area include St. Anthony’s Pediatric Clinic in Anthony and three Las Cruces Clinics: Ben Archer Health Centers, Rio Grande Medical Group and New Mexico Primary Care Group P.C.
“We at Rio Grande Medical Group are thrilled for the opportunity to work closely with the American Lung Association in New Mexico in the Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program,” said Holly Killough, nurse manager at Rio Grande Medical Group. “The decision to participate in this program was effortless, because your child’s health matters.”
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult. According to a New Mexico Department of Health report issued in 2014, 47,000 children in the state live with asthma. While there is no cure for asthma, it can be managed and treated so children and adults can live healthy, active lives.
Originally a three-year program, Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma launched in 2012 in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico and has been extended an additional two years based on the success of the program. Data collected by BCBSNM shows that in 12 participating New Mexico clinics asthma-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits have declined 80 percent after two years. In addition, participating clinics in other parts of New Mexico have adopted this new method to treat other chronic illnesses.
There are only two spots remaining for clinics interested in participating in the Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program in southwest New Mexico. To find out more, contact Kathleen Moseley, program manager for the Lung Association in New Mexico, at [email protected] or 505-265-0732.
More asthma information and resources can also be accessed through the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA or at Lung.org/asthma.
About the American Lung Association in New Mexico
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.
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