Asthma Care and Education (ACE)

Asthma 3

Root causes and solutions for uncontrolled asthma are often found outside the clinic walls. Addressing the unique challenges children and families face in the day-to-day experience of asthma requires a team of folks who share understanding and a commitment to meet pressing needs. This program is dedicated to opening lines of communication between clinic and community partners for improved asthma care and outcomes. Care managers, health plans, school nurses, community health workers, home environmental assessors, asthma educators, social workers and many others have vital roles. As we better understand one another, we will better serve our patients.

True to the ECHO model, this series will include de-identified case presentations to share real world examples of challenges, lessons learned and best practices across Missouri. We are also dedicated to applying guidance from the “Coordinated Federal Action Plan for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities”.

Coordinated Federal Action Plan for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities

Asthma 3 – Community meets 10 Tuesdays yearly from noon to 1 p.m. in March, April, July, August and November.


Why Asthma 3 – Community ECHO?

Two important Missouri State Plan Amendments (SPA) were approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2016. O ne SPA permits reimbursement by MO HealthNet for asthma education and home environmental assessments. However, few children have been served.

A second SPA provides for eligible children with asthma to receive health home “touches” by Missouri Primary Care Health Homes. These new service opportunities require cooperation between clinic-based and community based workers. The multi-disciplinary ACE ECHO will support implementation of best practices for these new asthma services. Medicaid claims data will be used to identify risk, target services and evaluate the impact of asthma education and home environmental assessments for trigger reduction.

What Does Asthma 3 – Community ECHO Offer?

  • Free CME
  • Opportunities to share best practices in asthma self-management education (SME)
  • Access to free training and SME curricula for children with asthma and their caregivers
  • Collaboration and learning between asthma educators and home environmental assessors
  • Up-to-date news about MO HealthNet policies and procedures for reimbursement
  • Access to software for delivering and documenting SME and asthma home assessment

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Reimbursement for Asthma Education and Home Assessment
  • Identifying and Responding to Asthma Risk
  • Steps to Delivering & Billing AE & AH Services
  • Instructional Standards for AE and AH School
  • School Nurses and other Strategic Partners
  • Asthma Education – National Standards
  • Asthma Home Assessment – National Standards
  • Key Messages – Asthma Self-Care and the Environment
  • Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Asthma Initiatives Using the Collective Impact Framework

Meet the Expert Team

Tammy Rood, DNP, PNP, AE-C, Missouri Registrar, Asthma Educators, University of Missouri

John Kraemer, PhD, Missouri Registrar, Home Environmental Assessors, Southeast Missouri State

Ben Francisco, PhD, PNP, AE-C, Director, Asthma Ready Communities

Michelle Dickens, FNP-C, AE-C, Coordinator, Cox Asthma Clinic, Springfield

Deb Cook, RN, AE-C, past-President, Missouri Association of School Nurses

Shelley Cooper, Ed.D, MAT, BSBA, Principal, Diversity Telehealth, LLC, Kansas City

Rebecca Brown, RRT, AE-C Community Director, Asthma Ready Communities

Elizabeth Friedman, MD, Environmental Pediatrician, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Combined Asthma ECHO

Asthma ECHOs
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Covid-19 Considerations for Schools

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