Asthma is the most prevalent chronic disease among children affecting an estimated 9.6 million children or 13.1% of children under 18 years old.  Prevalence is higher among poor children (13.5 %) and highest among African-American children (17.1%). Furthermore, as the incidence of pediatric asthma continues to grow, it has major implications for children, families and health care costs. It accounts for 14.7 million missed school days a year, 44% of all asthma hospitalizations and costs $3.2 billion per year in health care costs.

ACHIA is pleased to offer its Breathe Alabama: an ACHIA Asthma Continuous Quality Improvement Collaborative training as an on-demand, CME-approved "enduring materials" module for asthma. Visit the Breathe Alabama: an ACHIA Asthma Continuous Quality Improvement Collaborative module page HERE for full details on how to access the training module, take the post-test on the material you reviewed, and access the CME activity evaluation. The module has an introduction, learning objectives, and speaker’s disclosure.

Faculty: 

  • Isabel L. Virella-Lowell, MD, Associate Professor, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • E. Cason Benton, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Susan Walley, MD, Associate Professor, Hospital Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital

  • Amy CaJacob, MD, Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, UAB/Children's of Alabama, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology

  • LaCrecia K Thomas, RN, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC, CF Coordinator and Nurse Practitioner, UAB/COA Cystic Fibrosis Center, Children's of Alabama

Planners’ Disclosures

The following Planners of this enduring material have nothing to disclose:

  • E. Cason Benton, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Isabel Virella-Lowell, MD, Associate Professor, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Linda Champion, MPA, Project Manager, Alabama Child Health  Improvement Alliance

Content Reviewers Disclosures

The following Content Reviewer(s) of this enduring material have nothing to disclose:

  • E. Cason Benton, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Susan Walley, MD, Associate Professor, Hospital Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital

Content Review was conducted prior to the release of this enduring material and considered compliant with the standards listed below.

Content Review

Children’s of Alabama requires that:

  • Content is free from bias in favor of a specific product or service of a commercial interest.  A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients.

  • Slides do not contain any advertising, trade names corporate logos or a product-group message.

  • Generic names are used when discussing therapeutic options or if trade names are used then those of several companies are listed.

  • All recommendations involving clinical medicine are based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.

  • All scientific research referred to, reported or used in support of justification of a patient care recommendation conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

Speakers Disclosures

Cason Benton, MD

  • Does not intend to discuss any commercial products or services

  • Does not intend to discuss non-FDA approved uses of products/providers of services

  • Does not have a relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests

Isabel Virella-Lowell, MD

  • Does not intend to discuss any commercial products or services

  • Does not intend to discuss non-FDA approved uses of products/providers of services

  • Does not have a relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests.

Susan Walley, MD

  • Will discuss commercial products or services

  • Does not intend to discuss non-FDA approved uses of products/providers of services

  • Does not have a relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests

Amy CaJacob, MD

  • Does not intend to discuss any commercial products or services

  • Does not intend to discuss non-FDA approved uses of products/providers of services

  • Does not have a relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests.

LaCrecia K Thomas, RN, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC

  • Will discuss commercial products or services.

  • Will discuss non-FDA approved uses of products/providers of services.

  • Does not have any relevant financial relationships or affiliations with any commercial interests.

Commercial Support

This activity receives no commercial support

Disclaimer Statement

This Internet Enduring Material activity does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, policies or procedures of the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s of Alabama, or its staff or representatives.  Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance cannot and does not assume any responsibility for the use, misuse or misapplication of any information.

Designation Statement

Children’s of Alabama designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Children’s of Alabama and the Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance.  Children’s of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Please note that effective July 1, 2011, enduring materials are required to provide an assessment of the learner that measures achievement of the educational purpose and/or objectives of the activity.  Upon completion of this activity, you will be directed to the post-test.  To receive your CME certificate, you must score a minimum of 75% on the test.

Instructions

In each of the individual educational modules listed below, you will find instructions on how to access the modules, take a post-test on the material you reviewed, and access the CME activity evaluation. Each module also has an introduction, learning objectives, and speaker’s disclosure. To get started, click on any individual link below. If you are participating in the MOC activity all modules must be completed prior to March 2018.

Modules:

1 - Identification and Diagnosis of Asthma
Isabel L. Virella-Lowell, MD, Associate Professor, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
(Video Time: 17.31 min)
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2 – Asthma Impairment and Risk Assessment
Isabel L. Virella-Lowell, MD, Associate   Professor, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
(Video Time: 14.11 min)
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3 - Asthma Treatment and Management
Isabel L. Virella-Lowell, MD, Associate Professor, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
(Video Time: 24.16 min)
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4 – Making the connection: Allergies and Asthma
Amy CaJacob, MD, Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, UAB/Children's of Alabama, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology
(Video Time: 14.27 min)
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5 –Thinking Outside the (Cigarette) Box: Implementing Tobacco Dependence Treatment in Pediatric Settings
Susan C. Walley, MD, CTTS, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
(Video Time: 46.45 min)
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6 – Documenting and Coding for Childhood Asthma in the office setting
E. Cason Benton, MD, FAAP Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
(Video Time: 17.06 min)
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7 – ABCs of Quality Improvement, LaCrecia Thomas, RN, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC, CF Coordinator and Nurse Practitioner, UAB/COA Cystic Fibrosis Center, Children's of Alabama  (Video Time: 17.22)
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