Controlling asthma. Controlling costs.
In July 2012, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center (CMMI) awarded Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA)/the Asthma Regional Council of New England (ARC) a Health Care Innovation Challenge Award to support the New England Asthma Innovation Collaborative”, Grant # 1C1CMS331039. The overarching goal of NEAIC is to improve asthma outcomes and health care costs of primarily Medicaid and CHIP-enrolled children by advancing innovative service delivery and sustainable payment systems across New England.
NEAIC is a multi-state, multi-sector partnership that includes health care providers, payers, and policy makers aimed at creating an innovative Asthma Marketplace in New England that will increase the supply and demand for high-quality, cost-effective health care services delivered to Medicaid children with severe asthma. With $4.2 million in CMMI funding over three years, the goal of NEAIC is to improve the delivery of asthma care, enhance the quality of life and success of children with asthma, and save costs to the New England health care system. The funds are being used to create a sustainable infrastructure that robustly delivers evidence-based cost-effective asthma care to 1136 New England children with poorly controlled asthma, and creates viable Medicaid reimbursement mechanisms to support these programs over the long-term. The targeted population is primarily high-cost Medicaid and CHIP pediatric patients (age 2-17), with a focus on those with poorly controlled symptoms that have a history of using expensive urgent care.