Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: North Carolina (cont’d)
Partnership for Health Management (P4HM) Asthma Management Initiative
Partnership for Health Management
Claudette Johnson, RN, BSN, MNA
The Partnership for Health Management is a part of North Carolina's ACCESS II/III program. The goal of the program is to work with local providers to better manage the Medicaid population and ensure consistent quality, medically appropriate and cost-effective health care services. Its mission is to identify and minimize barriers to healthcare, to provide education and advocacy for the client, the family and the community, and to utilize cost containment measures.
The system is community-based and encourages the coordination of resources. The Partnership for Health Management utilizes case managers to 1) assist local medical providers to emphasize continuity of care; 2) provide case management for patients (transportation needs, adult and child services, health education and promotion); 3) match assessed needs to valuable services; and 4) increase patient compliance and communication between providers and patients. The case managers also conduct home visits to assess environmental conditions/exposures in the patient's home, as well as to demonstrate how to avoid exposure to triggers.
Program evaluation to date demonstrated a positive impact on healthcare utilization, asthma severity, medication use, and use of an asthma action plan.
The program is ongoing.
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