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Asthma And Reducing Exposure To Environmental Triggers

Overview

Each year, more than 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, including nearly 7 million children.  The economic impact of asthma alone is estimated at $56 billion annually.[1]  Affecting one in twelve Americans, asthma disproportionately impacts children, racial and ethnic minorities, and low-income adults.

To help consumers take actionable steps to control their asthma, today’s health care system must integrate targeted and effective outreach programs and services for existing and newly insured populations. Research has shown the environmental impact of asthma and poor outcomes based on where one lives, learns, works and plays. With proper medical treatment and control of environmental asthma triggers such as dust mites, molds, pet dander, and secondhand smoke, people with asthma can lead healthy and active lives.

Background

Health Insurance Plan Strategies for Managing Asthma and Reducing Exposure to Environmental Triggers is a multi-year collaboration between America’s Health Insurance Plans and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Through this collaboration, AHIP and the EPA are working to identify and promote health plan best practices that align with the National Institute of Health’s EPR-3 asthma guidelines and that take into account the role of environmental triggers that affect asthma.

With a specific focus on culturally diverse populations, AHIP will accelerate efforts to assess and disseminate innovative health plan interventions that help to prevent the onset of asthma episodes related to indoor environmental triggers and promote evidence-based asthma management strategies. AHIP will conduct two national assessments to examine health plan asthma care programs, design and delivery that improve quality of care, lower health care costs, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in asthma care. AHIP is engaging with health plan experts and key leaders in a Leadership Roundtable and series of web conferences to identify and promote best practices and demonstrate improvements in asthma care.

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www.asthmacommunitynetwork.org
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management Opportunity for Health Plan Recognition

Health plans have a long-standing commitment to improving the lives of individuals with asthma through evidence-based, comprehensive asthma management strategies. Each year, the EPA, through its National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management, recognizes health plans, health care providers and communities in action for delivering excellent environmental asthma management as part of their comprehensive asthma care services.

Congratulations to Health Care Service Corporation

AHIP member health plan Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) is a 2017 winner of the EPA’s National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. The award recognizes outstanding national models for comprehensive asthma care and their leadership in improving the lives of people living with asthma. Discover more about one of the EPA’s 2017 winners today.

Home-Based Asthma Interventions: Keys to Success

To review current plan programs and asthma management initiatives, AHIP conducted two assessments, of both commercial and Medicaid plans. Following these assessments, several key themes emerged including the importance of identifying and supporting racially diverse populations, local partnerships to conduct in-home assessments, and the need to establish long-term program stability. Click here to view report.

Next-Generation of Asthma Care

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases of children and adults, impacting 25 million Americans. Poor and minority children have the greatest burden of disease. In the latest report, read about how health plans are developing sustainable environmental asthma management programs for culturally diverse populations. View the report today.

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Infographics

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Asthma Management Case Studies

Webinars

asthma webinarOn-Demand Webinar: Health Plan Strategies for Managing Asthma and Reducing Exposure to Environmental Triggers – Key Findings from AHIP’s 2015 Asthma Assessment
March 17, 2016
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Listen to the findings from AHIP’s 2015 assessment on health plan strategies for managing asthma. Learn about evidence-based methods employed by health insurance plans to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers and more.


asthma webinarOn-Demand Webinar: The EPA’s 2016 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management – The Health Plan Perspective
January 7, 2016
Presented by AHIP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this webinar is for health insurance plans interested in learning about the EPA’s National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management.  Health plan award recipients speak to the benefits of being nationally recognized for delivering excellent environmental asthma management and discuss other health plan considerations, such as time commitment, leadership buy-in, challenges, and more.  A representative from the EPA will review the application process and provide clarity on FAQs.  Previous health plan awardees include Blue Cross of California, State Sponsored Business Unit, Centene Corporation, Nurtur Managed Health Services, L.A. Care, Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Neighborhood Health Plan, Optima Health, Peach State Health Plan and Priority Health.  


asthma webinarOn-Demand Webinar: Helping Kids Stay Healthy: Collaborative Approaches for Addressing Asthma in Schools
September 30, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST
AHIP presents the third webinar of its asthma webinar series to promote health plan best practices for managing asthma and reducing exposure to environmental asthma triggers. As part of a multi-year partnership with the U.S. EPA, AHIP will convene health plan leaders in a 90 minute web conference to discuss successful school-based asthma management partnerships and programs. Leading health plan asthma experts will highlight innovative approaches and strategic partnerships for improving asthma management in schools, reducing utilization and improving the health and well being of school-aged children with asthma.


asthma webinarOn-Demand Webinar: Connecting Providers and Communities to Engage Consumers in Asthma Care
May 20, 2015
As part of a multi-year initiative with the U.S. EPA, AHIP hosted the second in a series of webinars to promote health plan best practices for managing asthma and reducing exposure to environmental asthma triggers. Establishing effective linkages between clinical and community settings is known to improve patient outcomes, especially for at-risk and vulnerable populations. During this 90-minute webinar, health plan leaders discussed successful strategies for collaborating with providers and community stakeholders to effectively engage consumers in monitoring and taking control of their asthma. The presenters described models that are working, and best practices for linking consumers with in-home services to improve asthma care management through use of providers and community based organizations.


asthma webinarOn-Demand Webinar: Health Plan Strategies for Managing Asthma and Reducing Exposure to Environmental Triggers
January 13, 2015
AHIP, in partnership with the EPA, is collaborating in a multi-year initiative to identify and promote health plan best practices that align with the National Institute of Health’s EPR-3 asthma guidelines and that take into account the role of environmental triggers that affect asthma. This webinar featured health plans that have been successful in implementing culturally sensitive, comprehensive asthma management interventions and have been recognized for delivering environmental asthma management as part of their comprehensive asthma care services.

Additional Resources


Download a summary handout.

Roseanne DeGrazia – Innovative Community Approaches in Asthma Management

David Keleti, PhD –  Innovative Community Approaches in Asthma Management

Cheryl R. Shafer, MD –  Innovative Community Approaches in Asthma Management

Establishing and Sustaining an Asthma Management Program

Partnering and Collaboration: The Benefits for Health Plans and Partners

The Value of Success: Achieving Results and Recognition