Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Kentucky (cont'd)
Asthma Disease Management Program
Passport Health Plan
Passport Health Plan's Asthma Disease Management Program was implemented in 2001 to improve the health status and quality of life while decreasing unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits by members (2-56 years) with asthma through improved compliance of both members and providers with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) standards of care.
Program activities include member education, provider education, case management, and home visits. Member education includes mailings to all members with persistent asthma, individual member education, and presentations at community events in partnership with a variety of organizations such as, the American Lung Association, Northwest Area Health Education Center, Kosair Children’s Hospital, and the public school systems. The asthma disease manager works with providers and their office staff to encourage compliance with the NIH asthma guidelines. Providers receive feedback regarding their patients’ utilization of medical services for asthma such as emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and medication refills. Providers and/or their office staff are offered training on the use of asthma devices, such as peak flow meters and spacers. The asthma disease managers conduct case management for eligible members. This includes asthma education, referrals, and support. The member is generally followed for six months. Home visits involve the home health nurse visiting the eligible member at least twice to assess the home environment and educate the member on asthma, triggers, home remediation, etc.
The program has improved the following health outcomes: hospital utilization, emergency department visits, urgent care visits, and medication use.
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