Start: April 2001

End: August 2002

Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Asthma is the most common admitting diagnosis in low-income children and adults. Although nationally recognized guidelines on treating and preventing asthma are available, implementing them effectively is a challenge for health plans. Families of individuals with asthma may experience other problems, and often put a low priority on asthma treatment. For these reasons, the need for better asthma care is essential for patients with asthma.

The BCAP Achieving Better Care for Asthma workgroup convened health plan teams to identify and pilot managed care best practices to improve asthma care for Medicaid and SCHIP enrollees. The lessons learned from the Achieving Better Care for Asthma workgroup are compiled in a toolkit that offers a practical approach for health plans to identify enrollees with asthma and improve asthma care delivery.

Participants:

  • Affinity Health Plan, New York
  • AmeriChoice Northeast, New Jersey
  • CareOregon, Oregon
  • Cimarron Health Plan, New Mexico
  • Community Health Plan of Washington, Washington
  • Health Plus, New York
  • Heartland Health Plan, Oklahoma
  • Network Health, Massachusetts
  • Partnership HealthPlan of California, California
  • Passport Health Plan, Kentucky
  • UCare Minnesota, Minnesota