March 29, 2017

Comprehensive Asthma Resource List

ACU's Comprehensive Asthma Resource List has everything you need to create an asthma care home for your patients. In one location, you can find resources including clinical guidelines, patient education and self-management materials, policy briefs, asthma reports, clinical toolkits, mobile technology and asthma information, and smoking cessation and tobacco materials. Many of the resources are available in both English and Spanish, and some in other languages, including Chinese. Also included … [Read more...]

Group Visits for Asthma Management

Group visits, or shared medical appointments, are a growing trend in chronic disease management. They can be an effective and cost-efficient way to teach self management, deliver comprehensive education and address some of the linguistic and cultural challenges when working with asthma patients. In this 5 minute podcast hosted by the Asthma Community Network, ACU Associate Director for Programs Lois Wessel, FNP, shares her thoughts on how group visits can be used to improve asthma … [Read more...]

Seven Steps to Reduce Indoor Asthma Triggers

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the body’s airways. The risk of developing asthma can depend on both genetics and the environment. Once someone has asthma, exposure to certain contaminants can trigger asthma attacks. Air pollutants in both indoor and outdoor environments are known contributors to asthma attacks.1 Examples of asthma triggers in the environment include ozone, nitrogen and sulfur oxides, dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander, tobacco smoke, asbestos, and particulate … [Read more...]

Security and Privacy: Making the Budget Case

Mark your calendar for this free webinar on Funding Security and Privacy: Making the Case for Your Budget, Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 1 - 2 p.m. ET, offered by ACU and QiP Solutions.  Register here Have you been tasked with meeting HIPAA security and privacy requirements without an adequate budget?  For many smaller providers, clinics and hospitals, funding of security and privacy is not a priority • What information needs to be presented to business planners to ensure that smaller … [Read more...]

Developing an Asthma Clinical Decision Support Tool

ACU and the Alliance of Chicago have partnered to create an electronic Asthma Clinical Decision Support tool intended to improve asthma care in primary care settings. The tool is is based on the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's evidence-based asthma clinical guidelines. Embedded in the electronic health record, the Asthma Clinical Decision Support tool prompts clinicians to educate and engage patients and their families about environmental asthma triggers. It also provides data for … [Read more...]

Health Insurance Marketplace Launches

Beginning today -- October 1 -- uninsured people can shop online for health insurance. If they enroll by December 15, their coverage will begin on January 1, 2014. The Health Insurance Marketplace for consumer is one of the most significant provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Millions of currently uninsured people will gain access to affordable insurance, some of them with subsidies, through the marketplace. Information for consumers is available at healthcare.gov (English) or … [Read more...]

What a Government Shutdown Means to Health Programs

By Craig A. Kennedy, MPH By now you’ve heard or read enough news to know that a government shutdown is very possible come October 1st, but what does it mean to health care delivery?  Well, as you would expect, it means different things to different programs. Let’s start with the definition of a “government shutdown.”  The federal government’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, so by October 1st of each year Congress must pass and the President must sign appropriations bills to … [Read more...]

ACU Partners with HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS

NEWS RELEASE September 18, 2013 For more information: Robert Zimmerman (302) 604-8849, email rzimmerman@qipsolutions.com HIT Week Update:  ACU Partners with HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS on Solution for Safety Net Providers Healthcare providers are one lost-or-stolen laptop, tablet or smartphone away from a data-theft nightmare while facing increasingly stringent federal regulations that require health data security. The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has partnered with QIP … [Read more...]

IT Resources for Safety Net Providers

ACU and HIMSS are collaborating to promote Health IT resources and workforce-training opportunities available to support medically underserved communities as part of National Health IT Week, which begins today and goes through September 20. In the joint fact sheet on Health IT Resources for Safety Net and Rural Health Care Communities (PDF) being released today, ACU and HIMSS have identified available resources to help safety net providers overcome the unique challenges they face, including … [Read more...]

ACU Kicks off Campaign to Save the National Health Service Corps

Washington D.C. ­– Today the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) launched a new campaign aimed at saving and preserving the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program. ACU was established in 1996 by participants and alumni of the NHSC, and in the 17 years since has consistently worked to enhance access to care in underserved communities. The NHSC, created in 1972, has worked to build healthy communities by placing dedicated health care professionals in underserved areas of … [Read more...]