Recognition for demonstrating high levels of Asthma care
Asthma is a major cause of illness with increasing prevalence in both children and adults. Over 20 million Americans suffer from asthma (with many more suspected undiagnosed cases) with annual treatment costs estimated at over $3.2billion as well as 14 million lost work and school days every year. With increasing asthma related costs and disease burden expected there is clearly a need to encourage more effective management and treatment of this condition.
To encourage more effective treatment and management, BTE worked with asthma experts to develop measures to assess and reward superior clinician performance. These measures address a broad range of issues affecting patient health and wellness.
To earn Asthma Care Recognition, clinicians must meet benchmarks on measures such as:
- Lung function test and monitoring
- Appropriate medication therapy
- Smoking cessation
- Annual influenza vaccination
- Patient self-management plan
Those who do will improve overall patient health and well being, while reducing the risk of potentially avoidable complications.