Enhancing Care for Children With Asthma

Working with our members and within the communities we serve to improve lung health

Nearly 26 million Americans, including at least 2 million Texans, suffer from asthma. Asthma is a chronic obstructive lung disease for which there is no cure. Every day, 10 people die from asthma. Asthma is also the leading cause of missed school days due to a chronic condition.

For these reasons and more, understanding asthma and taking medications as prescribed is critical to living a normal, active lifestyle.

The American Lung Association and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) are in a partnership to enhance the quality of asthma care received for children. BCBSTX is working with the American Lung Association to provide training and education to health clinic staff and streamline processes for these clinics who serve high-risk asthma patients. In 2017, the partnership expanded to take this initiative beyond Houston to include six clinics in San Antonio and five clinics in Dallas. BCBSTX hopes to directly impact the lives of an additional 20,000 children through this expansion, as well as provide community outreach and support for the school districts.

BCBSTX hopes to directly impact the lives of an additional 20,000 children through this expansion, as well as provide community outreach and support for the school districts.

BCBSTX works to educate both physicians and members on the recommended treatment for people with asthma. Research shows that patients who follow the medication regimen prescribed by their doctor have fewer complications that result in missed school or work. BCBSTX publishes Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) related to treatment of asthma on its website giving physicians easy access to this important information. The asthma guidelines are based on recommendations from the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute and are available as a resource to physicians.

BCSBTX also publishes wellness guidelines for members. These guidelines educate members on a variety of immunizations, health screenings and tips to keep members of all ages healthy. The guidelines are compiled from national organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Cancer Society and United States Preventive Services Task Force.

Visit American Lung Association to learn more about asthma, COPD and other lung diseases.

Visit the Asthma Project to learn more about how BCBSTX invests in the community.

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