Asthma Diagnosis and Documentation
Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing. During an asthma attack, airways become inflamed, making breathing difficult. Asthma attacks can be mild, moderate, serious or even life-threatening. Exacerbations of asthma are the main cause of asthma morbidity, inducing acute respiratory failure and sometimes resulting in death. With appropriate care and education, people living with asthma can manage their condition. This activity will discuss the importance of asthma control to improve quality of life, decrease medical expenditures and increase productivity for individuals with asthma.
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Optum.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, physicians and other health care professionals interested in the care of individuals with asthma.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Define asthma and recognize its impact on older adults.
- Review the diagnostic approach to asthma.
- Classify asthma severity and recognize the clinical significance of severe persistent asthma.
- Document and code asthma to the highest level of specificity.
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Optum Health Education
Kelli Graziano, MD
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit Designation Statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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