Each year, asthma is the cause of more than 3,500 asthma-related visits to our hospital, and it is our most common diagnosis. Now, we are working to improve quality of life for these children through a competitive $2.9 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Called CHAMP (Changing High-Risk Asthma in Memphis through Partnership), the program aims to:
- reduce deaths from pediatric asthma
- reduce Emergency Department and urgent care visits
- reduce avoidable hospitalizations
- reduce asthma exacerbation or episodes
Of the nearly 600 children enrolled in the program, hospitalizations are down 70 percent, and the cost to care for each child has been cut in half.
We developed a health care coordination team for pediatric asthma patients. Our program coordinators improve coordination of care between providers, teach better asthma self-management and engage the community in caring for high-risk patients.
For more information, please call 901-305-1891.
Educational Video Resources
Asthma, School and You (for kids)
Asthma, School and You (for adults)