Asthma is the number one reason children enter the emergency department and the number one reason they are hospitalized. It's traumatic for the child and the family, and it's costly to the health system. In April 2014, the New York State Comptroller's Office issued a report that asthma costs the state $1.3 billion per year in direct medical expenses and lost productivity. Among New York City’s five boroughs, asthma prevalence rates among Medicaid recipients are especially high in certain neighborhoods: Hunts Point and Longwood/Morrisania in the Bronx; East Harlem in Manhattan; Red Hook in Brooklyn; and Arverne in Queens.
The good news is that a.i.r. nyc's home-visiting services are effective at reducing hospitalizations and emergency department visits. It's a model that works and has helped families for more than 15 years. a.i.r. nyc has partnerships with Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities, Community Care of Brooklyn, and OneCity Health, which are Performing Provider Systems (PPS) for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP).