Teaching families to vacuum instead of sweeping, and assessing their homes for other factors that trigger asthma attacks, dramatically reduced hospitalizations and saved $1.46 in hospital care for every $1 spent on prevention, according to a Children’s Hospital Boston study being released today. The results are so promising that Massachusetts Medicaid officials are working with Children’s to develop a similar plan to improve care and reduce costs statewide for children covered by the health insurance program for low-income residents.
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