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Florida Asthma Coalition Asthma-Friendly Hospital Recognition (FAC): FAC recognizes the valuable role hospitals play in caring for patients with asthma and developed the Asthma-Friendly Hospital recognition by collaborating with administrative, clinical, and supportive partners across the state. The steps taken by hospitals to earn this recognition will also help to significantly reduce unnecessary hospital visits, re-admissions, and overall health outcomes. Awarded Hospitals also receive a certificate recognizing this achievement, press releases if desired, and a customized logo to be utilized for marketing their status as an Asthma-Friendly Hospital recognized by the Florida Asthma Coalition.

Florida Asthma Coalition Asthma-Friendly Provider Recognition: FAC gives Healthcare providers an opportunity to partner with local and state stakeholders to help reduce the statewide burden of asthma. By working together and taking the steps to be recognized as an Asthma-Friendly Provider, practices promote the use of an effective asthma management program that will allow patients to monitor and control their asthma. In addition, evidence supports a decrease in unscheduled visits, as well a reduction in hospitalizations, emergency department visits and missed days of school and/or work for those patients who underwent comprehensive asthma

NAEPP Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3): The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), convened an expert panel in 2007 to complete a systematic review of the published medical literature and to update the asthma guidelines to reflect the latest scientific advances. This document provides new guidance for selecting treatment based on a patient’s individual needs and level of asthma control. The guidelines emphasize that while asthma can be controlled, the condition can change over time and differs among individuals and by age groups, emphasizing the importance of regularly monitoring the patient’s level of asthma control and adjusting treatment as needed.

American Lung Association, Asthma Care Coverage in Florida: The American Lung Association tracks the coverage and related barriers to asthma guidelines-based care in state Medicaid programs. The overall goal of this initiative is to improve access to guidelines-based care and ultimately improve asthma outcomes by understanding the gaps between what is known to be best practice in improving asthma outcomes and what is actually being covered by payers, including Medicaid, and implemented by providers.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Asthma Management and Education Online (AME-O): This online course is presented by Cross Country University for health professionals who teach and care for patients with asthma. The content follows the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) 2007 Expert Panel Report 2: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

  • Provides 7 CE Credits for Registered Nurses
  • Provides 7 CECE Credits for Respiratory Therapists

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Education Programs for teaching patients: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) offers many patient education programs for all ages in English and Spanish, including Wee Breathers, an interactive program for health professionals who teach parents of young children about managing asthma.

The Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE) program: This two-part interactive, multi-media educational seminar to improve physician awareness, ability, and use of communication and therapeutic techniques for reducing the effects of asthma on children and their families. PACE also provides instruction on how to document, code, and improve asthma counseling reimbursement.

Optimal Asthma Treatment in the Emergency Department: Florida Hospital Association Hospital Engagement Network and Florida Asthma Coalition, Recorded May 14, 2013. This webinar is part one of a two-part webinar series. The purpose of these webinars is to raise awareness about best practices for treating asthma in the Emergency Department and providing self-management education and care coordination to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency department visits.

The National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam: A voluntary testing program used to assess qualified health professionals’ knowledge in asthma education. It is an evaluative process that demonstrates that rigorous education and experience requirements have been met.

Joint Commission Asthma Certification: The Joint Commissions Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. This includes but is not limited to hospitals, long term care facilities, home care organizations, health plans, physician groups, and disease management companies.