Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that during the 2006 fiscal year, the Department of Public Aid must begin an initiative to prevent and treat pediatric asthma. Provides that under the initiative, the Department must contract with health care providers for programs for the prevention and treatment of pediatric asthma through physician and patient education and case management. Requires implementation in the county or counties that have the highest volume or highest rate, compared to national averages, of hospitalization or mortality, or both, from pediatric asthma; requires that, at a minimum, a grant or grants be made each year in counties exceeding 3,000,000 in population. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that during fiscal year 2006, the Department of Public Aid shall evaluate current standards of treatment of asthma for its beneficiaries. Provides that the review may include state-of-the-art programs in asthma disease management as well as evidence-based best practices for the early diagnosis, treatment, and control of asthma, particularly in children. Provides that the Department's review may include asthma disease management as one component of a comprehensive disease management model. Provides that the Department shall consult with the Department of Public Health and other State agencies, advocates, and providers in conducting this review. Provides that the Department's review shall also seek to maximize collaborations between existing asthma programs in the State of Illinois. Provides that the review shall also assess the available methods of implementing and funding asthma disease management and treatment within the Medicaid program. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Requires the Department of Public Aid to develop a pilot asthma disease management program, targeted to an area or areas with the highest prevalence of asthma. Requires the Department to consult with the Department of Public Health and other State agencies, federal health agencies, experts in asthma and immunology, providers, and consumers in developing the pilot program. Provides that the pilot program shall also seek to maximize collaborations between existing asthma programs in the State. Provides that the pilot program is subject to specific appropriations or budget savings derived from the program due to reduced asthma-related hospitalizations or emergency room visits.