Obstructive Lung Diseases — Asthma and COPD: Managing the Patient and the Costs

Obstructive lung diseases represent a serious financial and resource burden for MCOs. Correctly diagnosing and treating these patients has proven difficult because of limited testing, the potential for presenting with concomitant diseases, and the similarities among diseases. Making an early and accurate differential diagnosis is essential to proper and cost-effective treatment of these patients. This publication reviews current guidelines for treatment, challenges related to proper diagnosis, and benefits of early treatment.


  • The health plan’s perspective on care management
  • Clinical perspectives on obstructive lung disease
  • Treatment guidelines and performance indicators
  • Burden of illness in Medicaid and managed care populations