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Asthma Data Workgroup

The Asthma Data Workgroup (ADWG) is a collaborative workgroup of data analysts, quality improvement coordinators from participating health plans, health system representatives, the Division of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP, Oregon's Medicaid program), and the Oregon Asthma Program.

One of the primary goals of the OAP is to develop a comprehensive public health surveillance system for asthma. The two main objectives of the surveillance system are to describe how people with asthma are monitoring their asthma and illustrate the burden of asthma in our state. To accomplish these objectives, the OAP convened the ADWG. The objectives of the ADWG are to:  

        • Develop methods for using medical and pharmacy claims data to describe asthma care management
        • Provide guidance in the analysis of medical and pharmacy claims data
        • Assist with the dissemination of surveillance data regarding the burden of asthma in Oregon

Guidance Documents

 Simplified Technical Specifications:2013 provide step-by-step guidance for calculating the quantifying measures presented in the Full Technical Specifications.
 Asthma Medications Spreadsheet:2013 contains a modified version of the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) spreadsheet for appropriate medications for people with asthma. Modifications include combination of two years of HEDIS medication spreadsheets and additional codes and numbers.