Module 5: Moving Ahead—Implications for State Action

Asthma Care Quality Improvement: Workbook

Learning Objective

Upon completion of Module 5, the user(s) will be able to:

  1. Summarize the essential elements in planning and implementing asthma care quality improvement in your State. In undertaking a systematic effort to improve the quality of asthma care, State leaders must provide vision, involve key partners, set goals specific to State needs and resources, and develop a strategy to measure improvement and identify gaps.

1. Summarize the essential elements for an asthma care quality improvement effort in your State.

Go to Module 5 in the Resource Guide which discusses the essential elements of developing and implementing a State action plan. Note your strengths and any needs in these areas:

  1. Providing leadership and vision. Identify leaders to champion the quality improvement effort and develop a common vision for improving asthma care.

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  2. Forming partnerships and collaborations. Identify key stakeholders and strategic partners in quality improvement; recruit other groups—public and private, formal and informal—to further the effort (such as policy staff, asthma care experts, Medicaid or other health program staff, data and program evaluation experts, and other networks, workgroups and coalitions).

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  3. Identifying measures and data sources. Identify data and other information resources that will support an asthma quality improvement effort as well as any gaps in data and measures.

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  4. Assisting planning and goal setting. Based on the needs identified and the data resources and quality measures available, set initial goals for asthma care quality improvement.

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  5. Assuring evaluation and accountability. Determine the purpose, goals/objectives, and intended users of the evaluation; the methods to be used in gathering, analyzing, and interpreting the results; and any potential limitations of the information.

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  6. Creating incentives. Explore ways to reward providers for delivery of high-quality care, such as financial incentives, bonus awards, or other incentive programs.

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  7. Spreading the change statewide. Disseminate lessons learned and best practices beyond the quality improvement team to spread improvements in asthma care throughout the State.

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Page last reviewed April 2013
Internet Citation: Module 5: Moving Ahead—Implications for State Action: Asthma Care Quality Improvement: Workbook. April 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/asthmaqual/asthmawkbk/asthmawkbkmod5.html