Tag - Asthma

Asthma QI Project Opportunity

Participation in an American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter Quality Network initiative focused on improving Asthma is available to TCHP Houston providers.  The link below includes details on the MOC Parts II and IV and CME PI credit that can be earned. https://txpeds.org/Asthma_QI_Project Heidi Schwarzwald MD MPH CMO Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Health Plan Associate Vice Chair Community Health Department of Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine

Texas Pediatric Society Sponsors MOC Qualified Project: Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in Texas

The Texas Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics are helping pediatric practices in Houston with an asthma quality improvement project that qualifies for American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 and Part 4 credit. If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting project and/or considering participation, contact Kellie Dees at the Texas Pediatric Society. Her email is kellie.dees@txpeds.org. Act now! The deadline to enroll is April 25, 2018.

QVAR HFA Metered Dose Inhaler is Going off of the Market

With little if any notice to providers, TEVA has decided to stop selling the QVAR HFA Metered Dose inhaler in the US. They have replaced it with a QVAR RediHaler, which is a breath actuated inhaler that CANNOT be used with a spacer (valved holding chamber) device. Young children and disabled children who cannot take a deep breath in and hold it will not be able to use the RediHaler device.   Patients who are used to or prefer to [...]

Are oral steroids being overused for children with asthma?

Oral corticosteroids have been shown to definitively benefit children with moderate to severe asthma exacerbations. However, they show no benefit and even possible harm for children with minimal-to-mild exacerbations. Recent research using data from Texas Children’s Health Plan has found very high rates of oral corticosteroid dispensing in the past year for children with a diagnosis of asthma: close to 50% for children under 5 years, and close to 40% of children over 5 years. There was large variation [...]

Are Oral Steroids being overused for children with asthma?

Oral Corticosteroids have been shown to have definite benefit for children with moderate to severe asthma exacerbations, but no benefit and possible harm for minimal to mild exacerbations.  Recent research using data from Texas Children’s Health Plan has found very high rates of oral corticosteroid dispensing in the prior year for children with a diagnosis of asthma – close to 50% for children under 5 years, and close to 40% of children with asthma over 5 years.  There was [...]