MA Group 4- Springfield

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  1. Our AAP self populates from the EMR (meds are pulled directly from patients active medication list).
    In our health center, it is encouraged not to use abbreviations such as BID or PRN and write out the words.
    We also need to ensure our medication lists are up-to-date prior to printing and that duplicate meds are removed.

    I also find the AAP most useful in newly diagnosed asthmatics, but not so useful in in parents who are comfortable with the plan. I get the most value from the NHP color handouts that have pictures of the inhalers and asking parents to “teach back” what they are going to do “everyday” vs. “when sick.”
    Keep it simple. The AAP has so many words, many parents admit to never looking at the piece of paper again! –> go to order provider materials—> Asthma materials—> asthma medication pads.

  2. Hi- Once we receive the flu vaccine in the fall, we start to outreach to our “high risk” asthmatics who don’t already have an appointment scheduled in the next 2 months.
    We will either schedule them for an asthma f/u visit (where they will also get the flu vaccine) or schedule them into one of our flu clinics.
    I typically tell parents, “children with asthma are at a higher risk of flu related complications, such as hospitalization, so we highly recommend your child be vaccinated against flu (along with everyone else in the family!)
    We use EPIC, so its very obvious when someone hasn’t had a vaccine (visible health maintenance alerts).
    We’ve also done a mailing with reminders, an automatic message from the health center when people call reminding that flu vaccine is available, etc.

  3. East Boston Neighborhood Health Center has a designated asthma clinic day that is very successful. I suggest you contact their pediatric nurse practitioner Jody Kenneally Chase for more details. She’s a member of this collaborative! Whittier Street used to have one but I’m not sure if they still do but it would be worth checking!

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