Erie Vital Signs

Asthma: Medication Management

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Asthma is a condition that can be controlled with medications. The medications have to be taken as instructed by your doctor.

Why is this important?

  • Appropriate medications have to be prescribed for people with asthma in order to control it in a healthy manner.
  • Unless your doctor says otherwise, you should use your asthma medication for at least 75 percent of the recommended treatment period.
  • Some medications may not be helpful if you develop certain conditions, so it is important to always have the doctor check your medications list.

How is Erie doing?

  • The charts below show the HEDIS® rates of people with persistent asthma in Erie who have taken their medication for at least 75 percent of the recommended treatment period, 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 benchmark in all populations and the national benchmark in all but one population.

How can you help Erie do better?

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

What to ask your doctor:

  • How long should I take a certain medication? What time of day should I take it?
  • What is the appropriate dosage for each medication I have been prescribed?
  • What is the reason for using each of my medications? How does it help me control my asthma?
  • How can I manage this with other conditions?
  • How can I learn more?

HEDIS® Data Sources


Private (Commercial) Insurance

Percent of Commercial Patients With Asthma Whose Medication is Managed — higher is better.
Scroll over the graph to see percentages.


Medicaid Insurance

Percent of Medicaid Patients With Asthma Whose Medication is Managed — higher is better.
Scroll over the graph to see percentages.


Medicare Insurance

  • Currently there is no data about use of asthma treatments by Erie-area Medicare patients.
  • Download the Asthma Toolkit to get ideas for improving the frequency of your population’s diabetes care.

HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

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