Posts Tagged ‘asthma’

Infographic: When Allergies Attack

September 6th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Approximately $7.9 billion dollars in healthcare and business costs can be attributed to allergies, according to a new infographic from Oransi. Furthermore, 1.8 million ER visits were due to asthma symptoms in 2004.

This infographic also shows illnesses related to allergies and asthma, genetic factors and triggers, a breakdown of the overall U.S. and high-risk populations for allergies and asthma, and more.


When Allergies Attack

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Healthcare

August 22nd, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

An increase in illnesses such as asthma and infectious diseases related to climate change is having an impact on healthcare industry costs. As pollution affects air quality, respiratory illnesses will become more common. The United States and Europe already spend a combined $73 billion on asthma every year. Additionally, climate change will cause heat events and droughts, which are associated with disease transmission and increased rates of mental illness and suicide.

According to a new infographic from Masters in Health Administration, the healthcare industry needs to focus on preparedness and resilience. The infographic provides advice on climate change education as it impacts public policy, increasing the health system’s ‘surge’ capacity — the hospitals ability to deal with an influx of patients due to a large scale incident or disaster — and more.

How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health
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Infographic: Financial Impact of Asthma in Children

April 11th, 2013 by Melanie Matthews

One of the chronic health problems affecting the quality of lives of children in the United States today is asthma. Of the 20 million people in the United States suffering from asthma, about 9 million are children. The chances of asthma turning into a life threatening disease is more likely in children due to the fact that they have very small air pipes.

This infographic illustrates the cost of asthma on the economy of the states and the country and provides the locations of the top 10 cities in the United States that have the highest rates of asthma attacks.

Facts and Statistics of Asthma in Children

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Infographic: Asthma Care Advances

October 23rd, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

Health plans are pioneering comprehensive asthma programs within their communities to address gaps in care among racial and ethnically diverse population to improve access to quality and timely asthma care, according to AHIP.

See the top five asthma disease management strategies used by commercial and Medicaid plans.

Asthma Care Advances

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Healthcare 80/20 Law Saves Consumers Over $1 Billion

June 25th, 2012 by Cheryl Miller

Consumers should check their mailboxes this August


Insurance policy holders just might have some extra spending money this summer.

According to the HHS, insurance companies that don’t meet the 80/20 healthcare rule of spending, which requires them to spend at least 80 percent of consumers’ premium dollars on medical care and quality improvement, and the remainder on administrative costs, must provide their policyholders a rebate for as much as $151 no later than Aug. 1, 2012. Consumers can expect a notice from their insurance company informing them of the 80/20 rule, whether their company met the standard, and, if not, how much of the difference between what the insurer did or did not spend on medical care and quality improvement will be returned to them.

Eligible healthcare organizations have already been reimbursed by the government for adopting EHRs for meaningful use. In fact, the CMS met its goal of getting 100,000 organizations on board with its EHR incentive program three months earlier than planned: more than 110,000 eligible healthcare professionals and over 2,400 eligible hospitals have received over $5.7 billion in payments as of the end of May. The end of 2012 was the original target goal. Officials hope the increasing use of EHRs will provide better patient care, cut down on paperwork, and eliminate duplicate screenings and tests.

Pharmacists could help manage the country’s healthcare costs if the results of a new study from Walgreens prove fruitful. Walgreens pharmacists trained over 4,500 patients starting self-injectable diabetes medication for the first time on appropriate injection technique, side effect management and the importance of adherence to therapy. Pharmacists also provided a follow-up assessment at the patients’ next refill meeting. Initial results showed that patients who received two counseling sessions with a pharmacist were 24 percent more adherent after 90 days and had an additional eight days of therapy compared to a usual care control group.

Employers, too, are looking for ways to keep their costs down, with employee healthcare plans a prime target. A study from J.D. Power and Associates reveals that almost 50 percent of employers might pursue alternate methods of employee healthcare coverage, including defined contributions, vouchers and exchange purchasing. A smaller percentage of fully insured and self-funded employers said they might discontinue sponsoring employee coverage completely. Details in this issue.

And lastly, we have a new survey on asthma management. Asthma drives a lot of healthcare utilization — half a million hospitalizations and nearly 2 million emergency department visits in 2009 alone. We invite you to share how your organization is managing asthma in the populations you serve by July 27, 2012. In return, we’ll e-mail you an executive summary of trends in asthma management.

All this and more in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update.