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Home visit program for kids with asthma reduces costs

Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 31, 2015

Wheezing. Coughing. Inability to catch one's breath.

These are all symptoms of asthma. And for years those with asthma have relied upon inhalers and steroids to help reduce those symptoms and make breathing easier. But medications may be only part of the solution, especially in children with poorly controlled asthma.

A recent study, conducted by Skaggs School of Pharmacy faculty member Jon Campbell, PhD, and others looked at the effectiveness of home visit programs in children with uncontrolled asthma. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the results suggest that community health worker home visits could reduce the cost of care in this group significantly. "Such a program improved health outcomes and yielded nearly a 2 to 1 return on investment," says Campbell. "This study shows that payers should think beyond commonly reimbursed health services like drugs and medical visits to include interventions that contribute to the triple aim of health care reform -- improving the experience of care for individuals, improving health of populations, and lowering per capita costs."

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