Asthma Baseline for Children in the Georgia Medicaid Program

We proposed to quantify a set of measures around pediatric asthma for the Medicaid population in Georgia, using retrospective Medicaid claims data.  The baseline included elements related to outcomes and costs, for geographical areas and subpopulations within the state of Georgia (called analysis of “small area variations”).  We focused on Georgia as the test bed for this analysis while the end point will be a comparison analysis of the baseline in Georgia over time and as compared to other relevant states. At the time of the proposal, we acquired 5 years of the MAX Medicaid files for 14 states (including Georgia), and we were in the process of acquiring additional Medicaid data for years 2010 and 2011.