Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Missouri
Kansas City Childhood Asthma Management Program: KC CAMP
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO
Erika Jones, RN, BSN
The Kansas City Children's Asthma Management Program (KC CAMP) of the Children's Mercy Hospital in partnership with Family Health Partners (HMO) developed a unique new approach to health management. The goal is to develop a model of care delivery that coordinates healthcare by placing patient goals first and setting the patient as the source of control; and improving the overall health of patients and their communities as measured by clinical, humanistic and economic outcomes. Members less than 17 years of age with asthma were targeted. Provider education, case management, home visits and remediation, and community activities were components of KC CAMP.
The primary component was provider education. Asthma educators visited provider offices that served the most members and conducted eight learning sessions covering the following topics: Asthma 101, patient evaluation, spirometry, asthma action plans, case management, devices, environmental and outcomes.
To date KC CAMP has had a positive impact on hospital utilization, emergency department visits, quality of life for children and parents/caregivers, and change in clinical actions (increased prescriptions and asthma action plans).
KC CAMP has demonstrated its effectiveness as a new model for delivering high-quality care. The savings far outweigh program costs ensuring its sustainability and improving the likelihood that it will be adopted by additional health plans for management of asthma and other diseases.
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