Improving Outcomes in Asthma Care

Course #AST10212016 Total Course Available CE Credits: 6.0 (all modules) .

Course Directors:

Debra Siela, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K, CNE, RRT Associate Professor of Nursing Ball State University School of Nursing Muncie, IN Teresa C. Fugate, RN, BBA, CCM, CPHQ Medicare STARS Strategic Consultant Humana Louisville, KY


Description: This course examines asthma, a widespread and chronic disorder involving the airways in the lungs—and which now affects about 1 in 12 Americans. The course begins by examining the pathophysiology of the disorder, including its prevalence, key characteristics and risk factors—and details how patients should be assessed and diagnosed for the disorder, and classified for severity.

Next, the course explores the roles within the transdisciplinary team, as healthcare professionals—case managers, primary care physicians, specialists and more—work together to create a treatment and management plan to help patients control their asthma. Finally, the course drills down into specific treatment methods, including short-term and long-term medications.

Business goals: The purpose of the Improving Outcomes in Asthma care course is to:
» Improve Asthma care procedures by 50 percent
» Reduce asthma inpatient stays by 30 percent .

Course Modules

Module A: Prevention and Pathophysiology

Module B: Assessment of the Patient with Diagnosed Asthma

Module C: Treatment and Management

Module D: Treatments