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Quality Network Newsletter

March 2009

Table of Contents

Program Update             
Asthma News
Clinical Update
Asthma Tools and Resources


Program Update

AH! Asthma Health in the Spotlight Again and Again
The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) has invited the AH! Asthma Health Program to be featured in their Health Care Innovations Exchange website.  The Health Care Innovations Exchange is an AHRQ program designed to support health care professionals in sharing and adopting innovations that improve the delivery of care to patients. On this site, you will find innovative strategies and quality-related tools as well as learn how to improve an organization's ability to innovate and adopt new ideas, and interact with innovators and adopters.  The AH! Program profile will be posted to the websitehttp://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/ in April or May. 

The Environmental Protection Agency has selected the AH! Program to participate as a pilot program in Advancing Community Conversations to Make the Case for Comprehensive Asthma Management. We will be helping to refine the EPA models by providing real-world data and information that others can learn from. The AH! Program is one of several programs that the EPA is working with to develop case studies. After finalizing the case study, a Webinar will be scheduled to present it to the EPA's Community of Practice.

The AH! Program is honored to be a part of these national programs.

MMC AH! Program Gains National Certification
The American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) has recognized MMC AH! as the first certified asthma self-management education program in the US!  MMC AH! will be called upon to help other programs follow their model.  Congratulations to the MMC AH! program team for the hard work and passion that provides the highest quality asthma self-management education in the nation.  Click here  to read more about the certification program.

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Asthma News

Asthma Educator Institute on April 30 - May 1, 2009
The 7th annual Asthma Educator Institute, sponsored by the American Lung Association, Southern Maine Community College, Kennebec Valley Community College and the AH! Asthma Health Program will be held April 30 - May 1, 2009. The AEI will be held at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine.

The Institute is for health care professionals who would like to learn more about asthma education.  The $ 225.00 fee for the two day training includes all materials and meals. For asthma educators interested in seeking national certification, the AEI program was developed using the national exam as its framework. Participation in the AEI may assist in preparing for certification. To register, email Lee Gilman Scott at lscott@lungme.org or call 1-207-624-0309. 

Tobacco Treatment Training and Conference April 14 - 15
On behalf of the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, the MaineHealth Center For Tobacco Independence is accepting registrations for the annual "Intensive Tobacco Treatment Training and Conference" to be held in South Portland on April 14 -15 with a "pre-conference" workshop on Motivational Interviewing in Groups to be held on the afternoon of 4/13/09.

This year's conference includes a special focus on how to address weight management concerns in the context of providing tobacco treatment.  The cost of the two-day training is $125.00; the cost of the pre-conference workshop is $25.00.  Local, state, national and internationally recognized speakers are on the agenda.

Click on http://www.tobaccoindependence.org/providers/education.php or contact the Center For Tobacco Independence at tobaccotrng@Mainehealth.org for more information.

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Clinical Update

Click here  to read, "Effectiveness of Pharmacist Intervention for Asthma Control Improvement." 

In this study, the authors investigated whether pharmacist interventions, focused on appropriate use of asthma medication and tailor-made to the patient's current asthma control, would improve asthma control in adult patients.

Click here  to read, "Signs and symptoms that precede wheezing in children with a pattern of moderate-to-severe intermittent wheezing."

This study examined parent-reported signs and symptoms as antecedents of wheezing in preschool children with previous moderate to severe wheezing episodes, and to determine the predictive capacity of these symptom patterns for wheezing events.

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Asthma Tools and Resources

Free illustrated patient education guide available
In honor of Asthma Month in May, You Can Control Your Asthma is being offered to practices.  Click here to read more about this valuable guide and how to obtain a free copy for your practice. 

What Do You Hear From Patients?
Click here to read the latest issue of the AH! Asthma Annals to learn what patients are saying and what you can do about it with the help of an asthma educator.

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