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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: New York (cont’d)Back to Index

AIR: Asthma Is Relieved

Affinity Health Plan

Bronx, NY

Karen Romero

(718) 794-6647         

kromero@affinityplan.org

The Asthma Is Relieved (AIR) program of Affinity Health Plan in New York was implemented in 2000 to identify plan members with asthma and improve their self-management skills through case management and home visits.

Once a member with asthma is identified they are contacted and a severity assessment is completed and the member is assigned an asthma case manager. The asthma case manager provides education to the member over the phone, and follows-up with the member periodically for three months for assessment. Members are also offered a home visit by a respiratory therapist who assesses the home environment for triggers. A second visit is provided for reassessment. Members keep an asthma diary and have an asthma action plan.

The health plan also offers education to its providers who serve the most members with asthma regarding NHLBI Guidelines, general asthma education, AIR program information, and medication prescription and use. Providers receive incentives for participation.

Program evaluation has indicated a positive impact on several health outcomes, including healthcare utilization, medication use, lung function, self-management skills, and use of an asthma action plan.

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