Last Updated: February 2018
Author: Asthma Program, Vermont Department of Health
The rate hospitalizations for asthma among Vermonters 65 years and older has been decreasing between 2005‐2015. In 2015, the VT rate was 7.8 per 10,000 and this was the first year when the rate was lower than the Healthy Vermonters target of 9.3 per 10,000. The VT rate of hospitalization for asthma among older adults is lower than U. S. rate. The most recent U. S. data available is from 2010 when the VT rate was 10.8 per 10,000 compared to the U.S. rate of 25.5 per 10,000.
Many factors are likely to contribute to this reduction in hospitalization rate and may include modifications to asthma medications and delivery technology, increased patient education, and increased promotion and usage of guidelines-based care for asthma. Additional factors contributing to this decrease in asthma hospitalizations may the increased awareness of guideline based treatment, the efforts of Blueprint for Health in collaboration with practices and community health teams, and efforts to mitigate environmental triggers that can exacerbate asthma. Another reason for the general decrease over time could be from the myriad of other initiatives that hospitals and federal programs, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, are employing in an effort to reduce costs associated with hospitalization.