Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Illinois (cont'd)
Focused Health Solution's Asthma Disease State Management Program
Focused Health Solutions, Inc.
Susan Groenwald, RN, MS
Focused Health Solutions is a national provider of customized health services, including disease management, dedicated to reducing employers' healthcare costs, improving the lives of employees and their families and creating a healthier, productive workforce. Combining comprehensive data analysis, innovative technology, nursing expertise, and leading edge health information and education, Focused Health Solutions delivers highly interactive programs of care to support individuals actively living with chronic health conditions, including asthma.
The FocusCare for Asthma Program is delivered to employees of large self-insured employers that volunteer to participate. Employees are offered the program through their employer as a free, value-added service to all their eligible employees, retirees and covered family members.
Enrollees in the FocusCare for Asthma Program are assigned a nurse manager and receive the following comprehensive one-on-one education about asthma with emphasis on self-management; ongoing telephonic patient monitoring and additional support when needed; self-monitoring telehealth program where peak flow data are reviewed by clinical staff for early intervention and lifestyle management; 24-hour access to Focused Health Solutions' professional nursing staff to address questions and concerns; review of medications and promotion of compliance with a physician prescribed regimen; and care coordination through communication with the patient's physician.
Clinical outcomes and self-reports are evaluated by Focused Health Solutions. Certain outcomes are reported back to the employer to demonstrate reduced health care costs and improved employee health. The FocusCare for Asthma Program has had a positive impact on hospitalization utilization, emergency department visits, urgent care visits, unscheduled (sick) visits, school absences, work loss, asthma severity, self-management skills, and use of asthma action plans.
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