Additional Resources

Conferences 

Updates

  • Children's Medical Services Plan

Children's Medical Services has been updated the eligibility and screening attestation to include severe persistent asthma (IDC10 codes J45.50- J45.52). The CMS Clinical Eligibility Attestation form can be found at www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/childrens-health/cms-plan/for-health-care-providers/_documents/cms-clinical-elig-attest.pdf?. 

  • Medicaid Health Care Alert

Reimbursement claims of spacer devices for inhalers, under durable medical equipment and pharmacy service benefits, made by health plans will be accepted. For more information please view the Provider Alert from the Medicaid Office on January 26, 2016, which can be found using the Florida Medicaid Web Portal. 

 

Health Care Practitioners & Health Plan Resources

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Asthma Care Quality Improvement (AHRQ): A Resource Guide and Workbook for State Action
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action and its companion workbook, Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action. These materials were designed in partnership with the Council of State Governments to help States assess the quality of asthma care and create quality improvement strategies.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Asthma Return on Investment Calculator
    This is a tool for exploring potential financial returns from quality improvement and disease management programs for populations diagnosed with asthma.
  • American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) – Asthma Self-Management Education (ASME) Accreditation
    The AARC established the Asthma Self-Management Education (ASME) to recognize and certify asthma education programs that adhere to high standard of quality.
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Education Programs for teaching patients
    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. 
  • Asthma Educator Certification
    The National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam is 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.
  • Florida Society for Respiratory Care (FSRC)
    The FSRC encourages and promotes professional excellence, advancing the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients, their families, the public, the profession, and the respiratory therapist.
  • Joint Commission Asthma Certification
    The Joint Commission?s 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.
  • 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.

Videos

Asthma and Occupational Health for Employers: English

 

Asthma and Occupational Health for Employers: Spanish