posted by Chris Regal
on November 16, 2016
Home-based asthma care and community partnerships are important steps for managing asthma and reducing exposure to environmental asthma triggers. That was one of the primary takeaways from the National Asthma Leadership Roundtable, according to a new report from AHIP.
Asthma impacts 25 million Americans and is one of the most common chronic diseases among both children and adults. Poor and minority children have the greatest burden of disease, and asthma can exact an enormous financial toll on health care and productivity costs, resulting in millions of emergency visits and hospitalizations.
AHIP, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), convened the 2016 National Asthma Leadership Roundtable to discuss sustainable environmental asthma management programs for culturally diverse populations. Participants included leaders from Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and health plans. They stress the importance of including both clinical treatment and environment management in asthma care. Home visits that reduce exposure to indoor air triggers that can make asthma worse can help those with asthma enjoy a better quality of life.
The report explores strategies and barriers to developing and scaling asthma management programs that bring together clinical care and home-based assessments and solutions. Health plan profiles highlight ongoing programs that integrate these elements as well as efforts to address challenges.
The models described in the report are pioneering the next generation of comprehensive asthma care, with innovative approaches to member engagement, staffing and training, partnerships, cost and return on investment, and reach, and scalability. Through these programs and partnerships, health plans are working to enhance access to culturally competent, linguistically appropriate asthma care services for members and to help reduce disparities in asthma care and outcomes.
Christopher Regal is Senior Health Research Associate, Clinical Affairs and Strategic Planning at AHIP.