Asthma Return-on-Investment Calculator


Asthma Return-on-Investment Calculator


The Asthma Return-on-Investment (ROI) Calculator is a tool for exploring potential financial returns from quality improvement and disease management programs for populations diagnosed with asthma.

This tool provides estimates based on an analysis of 52 research studies on improving asthma care and what those studies imply for cost savings. It also provides:

  • Information on how asthma-related costs are likely to change for:
    • Emergency department visits
    • Hospital stays
    • Outpatient visits
    • Medications
    • Ancillary testing
    • Missed school or work days
    • Options to describe benefits and costs from a third-party payer or societal perspective
  • Ability to test strategies in designing an asthma care improvement program for:
    • Children, adults, or both
    • All asthma patients, or only those with persistent asthma
    • Medicaid, employer-sponsored insurance, or State employees
    • Savings of direct medical costs and productivity gains
    • Length of the program
    • Vendor cost of the program
  • Default population and asthma prevalence data for the 50 States and the District of Columbia
  • Flexibility to enter baseline data for your own population (a State program, national program, or private health insurance plan) for most components of the calculator
  • Ability to choose the rigor of the research design to use in estimating savings



Thomson Reuters

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Original Summary: August 2010
Last Updated: 04/09/14

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