California Opportunities for Financing Asthma Prevention and Management

On October 7, 2014, RAMP hosted “California Opportunities for Financing Asthma Prevention and Management” in response to the exciting and challenging time for financing asthma prevention and management in the state. While there is a significant body of evidence about the effectiveness of asthma interventions, many are not routinely covered by health plans, including asthma in-home visiting programs and asthma education in non-clinical settings. Most asthma stakeholders have relied upon grant funding for these types of programs and are interested in pursuing sustainable financing sources. Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act, administrative changes, and an increasing emphasis on prevention provide new possibilities for increased program sustainability and better outcomes for patients and families.

During the webinar, speakers described the current financing landscape and provide a menu of opportunities for supporting these interventions. The presenters went into depth on a few of the issues with a lengthy Q&A period afterwards.

Topics covered included:

  • Understanding opportunities within Medi-Cal’s CalSIM program
  • Advocating for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services preventive services rule
  • Working with local health plans on reimbursement protocols
  • Accessing funds through Targeted Case Management/Medicaid Administrative Activities
  • Exploring social impact bonds

Speakers included:

  • Anne Kelsey Lamb, Director, RAMP
  • Richard Figueroa, Director, Health and Human Services, The California Endowment
  • Joel Ervice, Associate Director, RAMP
  • Brenda Rueda-Yamashita, Chronic Disease Program Director, Alameda County Public Health Department

Click on the links below for the webinar-related resources: