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Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action


This Resource Guide was prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) by Thomson Medstat and The Council of State Governments (Contract No. 290-00-0004); and updated by Thomson Reuters (formerly Thomson Medstat).

This effort was motivated and guided by the following AHRQ staff: Dwight McNeill, Ph.D., AHRQ Task Leader; Ernest Moy, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the National Healthcare Quality Report and Disparities Reports; Denise Dougherty, Ph.D., Special Advisor on Child Health; Roxanne Andrews, Senior Health Services Researcher, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; and DonnaRae Castillo, Publications Editor, Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer (retired).

We also acknowledge the special contributions of the following individuals and groups:

  • Several members of AHRQ's Asthma Steering Committee provided valuable comments and recommendations on earlier drafts of this Resource Guide. They are: James Stout (University of Washington), Diana Schmidt (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), Stephen Redd (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), David Greenberg (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), Ashok Patel (American Thoracic Society member), Maureen George (American Thoracic Society member), Kirsten Aired (Oregon Asthma Program), Amy Friedman (Allies Against Asthma), Katherine Pruitt (American Lung Association), Asua Ofosu (American Thoracic Society), Mary Tyrell (South Carolina State Budget and Control Board), Vi Naylor (Georgia Hospital Association), and Carolyn Turner (Florida Agency for Health Care Administration).
  • Partners in the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) from State hospital associations and State government agencies contributed data and information on the four States featured in this Resource Guide. They are:
    • Maryland—Brian Jacque (Health Services Cost Review Commission, Department of Research and Methodology).
    • Michigan—Bob Zorn (Michigan Health & Hospital Association).
    • New Jersey—Frances Prestianni (New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services).
    • Vermont—Lauri Scharf (Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems).
  • All HCUP Partners make possible the HCUP databases and, thus, derived estimates for asthma hospitalizations published in the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports and this Resource Guide.
  • A focus group of legislators and program directors, who are members of the Council of State Governments, guided our effort to make materials more user friendly to government executives. They are: Representative Marilyn Lee (Hawaii), Representative Kathy Miles (South Dakota), Representative Jean Hunhoff (South Dakota), and DeeAnne Mansfield (Kentucky Legislative Research Commission).

This document is in the public domain within the United States only and may be used and reproduced without permission. AHRQ appreciates citation as to source and the suggested format is below. Foreign countries and users who want to distribute content on a global basis in electronic form or print should submit specific permission requests for use to:

Suggested citation: Coffey RM, Ho K, Adamson DM, et al. Asthma care quality improvement: a resource guide for state action. (Prepared by Thomson Medstat and the Council of State Governments under Contract No. 290-00-0004; updated by Thomson Reuters, formerly Thomson Medstat). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2006, updated October 2009. AHRQ Pub. No. 06(10)-0012.

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Asthma Steering Committee

The following experts in asthma care and State health policy were assembled by AHRQ to guide the development of this Resource Guide.

Kirsten Aired
Oregon Asthma Program

Michelle Cloutier, M.D.
Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Amy Friedman
Allies Against Asthma

Min Gayles, M.P.H.
National Committee for Quality Assurance

Maureen George, Ph.D., R.N.
American Thoracic Society member

Foster Gesten, M.D.
New York State Department of Health

David Greenberg, M.B.A.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jayne Jones, M.P.H.
Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council

Carole Lannon, M.D., M.P.H.
North Carolina Center for Children's Healthcare Improvement

Vi Naylor
Georgia Hospital Association

Asua Ofosu
American Thoracic Society

Ashok Patel, M.D.
American Thoracic Society member

Katherine Pruitt
American Lung Association

Stephen Redd, M.D.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Joyce Reid
Georgia Hospital Association Research & Education Foundation

Diana Schmidt, M.P.H.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Sharon Sprenger, M.P.A., RHIA
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

James Stout, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Washington

Carolyn Turner
Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

Mary Tyrell
South Carolina State Budget and Control Board

Kevin Weiss, M.D., M.P.H., FACP
Midwest Center for Health Services and Policy Research and Center for Healthcare Studies at Feinberg School of Medicine

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created September 2012
Internet Citation: Acknowledgments. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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