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Manag Care Interface. 2006 Feb;19(2):29-36.

A focus on the asthma HEDIS measure and its implications for clinical practice.

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Immediate Past Chairman, Integrated Healthcare Association, Oakland, California 94659, USA.


With more than $16.1 billion in annual costs, the asthma management system is inadequate and needs revision to improve health and financial outcomes. Solutions may be found in the National Committee for Quality Assurance's guidelines and in such programs as Pay for Performance that financially reward providers for adherence to standards of practice based on Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set measures.

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