Asthma

​​Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult.  There is swelling of the airways that can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.  With proper asthma treatment, you can live well with this condition. Poorly controlled asthma can lead to multiple visits to the emergency room and even hospital admission.

IMCare offers asthma disease management to members five years and older through our Ways to Wellness program. This educational program can teach you how to manage your asthma.  Ways to Wellness member education for asthma includes the following topics:

  • Basic facts about asthma
  • Medications
  • Inhaler technique
  • Environmental control measures
  • Written asthma action plan developed with their PCP
  • Emphasis on the need for regular follow-up visits

Membership in the Ways to Wellness disease management program is voluntary.  This service is a benefit and there is no charge. If members choose to enroll, their covered services will remain the same.  When enrolled members get:

  • Support from a registered nurse
  • Education about your condition
  • Information on covered services        
  • Self-management techniques
  • Coordination of care

Education is provided over the phone or through the mail. Members don’t need to leave home to receive the services.

For more information about Ways to Wellness, call 218-327-5533 or toll free 1-800-843-9536, extension 2533.

Printable Asthma Educational Materials

for Adults and Children Over 12 Years Old

  1. A.S.M.A. (Asthma Self Management Action) Plan
  2. Are Your Asthma Symptoms Getting Worse
  3. Asthma Action Plan
  4. Asthma Action Plan (2)
  5. Asthma and Smoking (3)
  6. Asthma and Smoking (4)
  7. Asthma and Smoking (blue)
  8. Asthma and Smoking (orange)
  9. Asthma Control Test
  10. Asthma Control Test (12 years and older)
  11. Asthma Control Test (12 years and older) (2)
  12. Asthma Medicine
  13. Asthma Medicines
  14. Asthma Medicines (2)
  15. Asthma Resource Guide
  16. Asthma Support
  17. Asthma Triggers
  18. Asthma Visit Checklist
  19. At a Glance Asthma
  20. ATAQ
  21. Don't Let Asthma Slow You Down
  22. Dr Discussion Guide
  23. Exercising with Asthma
  24. Fall Focus on Asthma
  25. Feeling Moody or Blue
  26. Finding Your Personal Best Peak Flow Number
  27. Goals of Asthma Care
  28. How Do You Take Asthma Medicines
  29. How to Use an Inhaler
  30. Information About Asthma
  31. Inhaled Steroids and Asthma
  32. Is Your Asthma Under Control
  33. Medicines to Treat Your Asthma
  34. Medicines to Treat Your Asthma (2)
  35. My Asthma Goals What Are They
  36. Preventing Asthma Symptoms
  37. Preventing Asthma Symptoms (2)
  38. Questions to Ask My Healthcare Provider
  39. Spring Focus on Asthma
  40. Steroids and Asthma
  41. Sticking With My Medicines - What Will Work
  42. Summer Focus on Asthma
  43. Teamwork Working with Your Doctor (blue)
  44. Teamwork Working with Your Doctor (green)
  45. The Asthma Flare-up
  46. Understanding Asthma
  47. Using a Metered Dose Inhaler
  48. Using a Peak Flow Meter
  49. Using an Asthma Action Plan
  50. Using an Inhaler for Asthma
  51. Visit Your Health Care Provider on a Regular Basis
  52. What are Symptoms of Asthma Flare-up
  53. What Can You Do to Help Manage Your Asthma Symptoms
  54. What Does it Mean to Manage Your Asthma
  55. What Is a Spacer
  56. What is Asthma
  57. What Types of Triggers Can Cause Asthma Symptoms
  58. What You May Feel When You Have Asthma Symptoms
  59. When Should You Go to the Hospital With An Asthma Attack
  60. Why Does Exercise Cause Asthma Symptoms
  61. Winter Focus on Asthma
  62. You're Worth It!
  63. Your Asthma Action Plan
  64. Your Asthma Visit Checklist
  65. Your Daily Asthma Journal