New Program Now Available in Minnesota to Help Improve Care for People with Asthma

Here in Minnesota, more than 369,000 adults and 53,000 children live with asthma. To help primary care clinics and healthcare providers better care for their patients with asthma, the American Lung Association is now offering the Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program to providers in Minnesota at no cost.

The Lung Association’s Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma’s program is proven to improve a clinic’s quality of asthma care, improve health outcomes of their patients with asthma, improve quality indicators and metrics, and capture legal and appropriate reimbursement. 

“Asthma is a very common lifelong lung disease. There is no cure, but thankfully, with proper management, people with asthma can live a normal, healthy life,” said Jill Heins-Nesvold, National Senior Director of Health Systems Improvement and Indoor Air Quality at the Lung Association in Minnesota. “Our Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program is focused on improving the health of people with asthma starting from childhood throughout their lives.” 

This Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma’s program has been proven successful in more than 450 clinics in 15 states. Initial results published in the May 2018 issue of Journal of Asthma revealed a significant improvement in six key indicators, include severity rating; patient self-assessment, such as Asthma Control Test; controller medications; spirometry to confirm the diagnosis of asthma and ongoing management; written asthma action plan; and patient asthma education. Results also show a 42% reduction in asthma-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma allows providers and other healthcare professionals to earn Maintenance of Certification Part 4 credits, as well as CME and CEU credits.

This program is available at no charge to primary care clinics. The Lung Association encourages clinics who serve both pediatric and adult patients to take advantage of this free program. Learn more and sign up at

For more information, contact:

Dana Kauffman
[email protected]

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