NMCOA Resources

New Mexico Asthma Action Plans

New Mexico Asthma Action Plan for Schools

This Asthma Action Plan outlines the management steps for a student with asthma at school.  This plan is designed to be jointly completed by the caregiver and provider and once completed it should be given to the school nurse.  This plan can also serve as the student’s Individualized Healthcare Plan for school.

Asthma Action Plan for Schools June 2015

New Mexico Asthma Action Plan for Home

This simplified Asthma Action Plan outlines the management steps for a person with asthma at home.  This plan is designed to be jointly completed by the patient/caregiver and provider.  Once completed it should be shared with appropriate caregivers to assist in the care for the person with asthma at home.

Asthma Action Plan for Home June 2015

Asthma Back to School Events

July is the time for back to school preparation.  For asthma that means the school Asthma Action Plan!  If your district, school or clinic would like to jump start Asthma Action Plans by joining an existing back to school night, feel free to use some of the resources we are creating for the APS School Supply Giveaway and Asthma event!

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma

A link can be found below to a one-page summary of asthma medical management is based on the recommendations from the NAEPP EPR‐3. This summary is intended to assist the clinician in the diagnosis and management of asthma and should not be construed as a replacement for individualized evaluation and treatment based on clinical circumstances. Detailed medical management recommendations are available at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma. The New Mexico Council on Asthma (NMCOA) obtained permission to use this guideline from the California Asthma Public Health Initiative (CAPHI). Copyright 2012 New Mexico Council On Asthma. Permission for use may be obtained at 505-476-1734.

Revised: January 2012

Asthma Guidelines

National Resources

Asthma is a significant chronic disease in the world, the United States, and in New Mexico. There are two major sets of guidelines for the assessment and treatment of asthma: internationally the Global Initiative for asthma, and nationally the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s National Asthma Education Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines. In addition, there are several key professional and consumer organizations supporting education, advocacy, and outreach around asthma. These include the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the Association of Asthma Educators. See below for the website links.

The Asthma Control Test™ is a five question test that helps you and your healthcare provider determine if your asthma symptoms are well controlled. The link to the test is: http://www.asthmacontroltest.com/.

Asthma Billing Codes

The National Asthma Guidelines, National Asthma Education Prevention Program or NAEPP guidelines 2007, emphasize education as one of the four important elements in addressing asthma management.  To  assess whether NM health systems billing aligns with this educational priority, the New Mexico  Council On Asthma (NMCOA) would like to assess what codes are currently available for billing for asthma education and services in New Mexico, especially by non-physician providers and in non-traditional settings.

Following is a link to the survey that the NM Council on Asthma is requesting Managed Care Organizations complete so the NM Council on Asthma has a baseline for current billing practices, can share with providers, and can make decisions about advocacy efforts to advance alignment of billing with national guidelines. Also a document of the survey is provided below to review with staff for expertise required to fill in the on-line survey.


NMCOA Asthma Billing and Reimbursement_Survey

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools

This year New Mexico is one of 13 states having been selected to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools.

The report is part of an annual research project to help identify states with the most comprehensive and preferred statewide public policies supporting people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis and related allergic diseases in US elementary, middle and high schools. The goal of this report is to identify state-level progress towards better school-based policies.

For interactive map and detailed reports for all 50 states and DC, please see: www.StateHonorRoll.org.

The Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma video was created to be used by community health workers/representatives (CWH/CHR) as they work with asthma patients and families to more effectively control asthma symptoms and reduce environmental asthma triggers in the home.  This video addresses the benefits of using the Seven Principles of Healthy Homes from the National Center for Healthy Housing and asthma action plans and medication devices to better control asthma.


Below are video resources produced by ALA of the Upper Midwest with the support of Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC) regional operating division of BCBSNM.  The main subject is identifying and avoiding asthma triggers.

What Can I Do About It?


Triggers Hiding In the Home


What Is It?


Why Does It Matter?


Member Organizations’ Websites