Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action


Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action


This 39-page workbook will help State leaders develop the information needed to support quality improvement efforts for asthma-related health care. The written exercises help users begin to think about effective partnerships, assembly of State data, questions to raise about interpretation of the data, and quality improvement techniques.

The following modules are presented in this workbook:

  • Module 1: Making the case for asthma care quality improvement
    • Assess the need for asthma care quality improvement in the State
    • Estimate the cost of asthma care statewide and for Medicaid
    • Estimate the State's potential cost savings by using targeted disease management and reducing pediatric hospitalizations for asthma
  • Module 2: A framework for State-led quality improvement
    • Define the State's role in the asthma care quality improvement process and develop activities using a Plan-Do-Assess approach
    • Identify appropriate resources to help States reach their improvement goals
  • Module 3: Learning from current state quality improvement efforts
    • Use the quality improvement framework to identify various national and State approaches to asthma care quality improvement
    • Start an inventory of the State's quality improvement resources
  • Module 4: Measuring quality of care for asthma
    • Understand quality measures and how measures of process and outcome can be used to track the quality of asthma care
    • Inventory available data systems and other resources to use in developing State or local estimates
    • Define “benchmark” as a measurement tool and understand how to identify appropriate benchmarks when developing quality improvement goals
    • List various sociodemographic, behavioral, and environmental factors that must be considered in setting quality improvement goals
    • Using appropriate benchmarks, draft goals for a State quality improvement effort
  • Module 5: Moving ahead – Implications for State action
    • Summarize the essential elements in planning and implementing asthma care quality improvement in the State


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Ho, K.; Coffey, R.M.; Castillo, D.; Thomson Medstat

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Release Date: 2006
Original Summary: July 2006
Last Updated: 12/18/13

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