Improving Asthma Care for Children

Dates of Program: October 1999 through June 2005

Synopsis of Work: Improving Asthma Care for Children was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to test new approaches to managing asthma in children receiving care through Medicaid managed care-sometimes paid for through the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Through the program, RWJF funded five demonstrations of innovative asthma management practices. The five organizations—three in New York and one each in California and Missouri—were Medicaid managed care organizations.

Key Results

  • The demonstration sites achieved varying levels of success, but all five reported significant improvement in at least one area of childhood asthma management.

  • The projects as a group demonstrated that Medicaid managed care organizations can develop and implement interventions that have a favorable impact on the heath care of children with asthma and on the cost of asthma care.

  • The grantee organizations integrated a number of their projects' administrative and policy changes and clinical care delivery improvements into their routine practices and procedures.