Erie Vital Signs

Asthma: Getting the Right Medications

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This trend is negative or needs improvement.

Asthma is a common condition that affects many people, but it can often be controlled or maintained with the use of appropriate medications.

Why is this important?

  • People with persistent asthma may maintain better health when they take appropriate medications.

How is Erie doing?

  • The charts below show the HEDIS® rates of people with asthma in Erie who have been prescribed the right medications and are on the right track to controlling their asthma.
  • The higher the numbers, the better Erie is doing. They show people have good control of their asthma. They also show that they care about their overall health.
  • Erie is lagging behind the Pennsylvania and national benchmarks in all populations.

How can you help Erie do better?

  • If you have asthma, see your doctor to make sure you are receiving the appropriate medications.
  • Encourage people you know with asthma to have their medications checked frequently.
  • Ask your doctor the questions below.

What to ask your doctor:

  • Which are the appropriate medications I should take to control my asthma?
  • Which medications are going to make my asthma worse? How can I avoid them?
  • How can I manage asthma with my other health conditions?
  • How can I learn more?

HEDIS® Data Sources


Private (Commercial) Insurance

Percent of Commercial Patients Who Use the Right Medications — higher is better.
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Medicare Insurance

Percent of Medicare Patients Who Use the Right Medications — higher is better.
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Medicaid Insurance

Percent of Medicaid Patients Who Use the Right Medications — higher is better.
NOTE: National benchmark data was not available for the Medicare population.
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HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

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