Asthma Action Plan (AAP) Improvement Project

The goal of the UW Health Asthma Action Plan Improvement Project to improve management of asthma in their patients, so that children can run and play without coughing. According to an article by J. Hollenbach and M. Cloutier, creating a partnership team between the family, school nurse and primary care physician is important in asthma management. The sharing of information via an Asthma Action Plan (AAP) is an important piece to this partnership and the NHLBI’s Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma recommend that all patients who have asthma be provided with a written AAP.1 This project will help you create a plan to increase the percent of pediatric patients with a current AAP shared with a parent and hopefully, school.

Project Lead

Gail Allen, MD


Participants are eligible to claim credit for this activity if they can complete the activity within the timeline and commit to the requirements outlined.


  • Release Date: XXX
  • Enrollment Cutoff Date: XXX
  • Expiration Date: XXX

Note: See information regarding MOC Part IV reporting based on the calendar year for which you need your credits/points to count.

Most Applicable Participating ABMS Member Board(s):

  • American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)

This project has been designed to change learner competence and performance and focuses on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) quality measurement dimensions, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)/Accreditation Council for Graduate Education (ACGME) core competencies and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) practice competency domains listed below:


Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Systems-based Practice
Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Interprofessional Communication
Teams and Teamwork


1. Hollenbach, J., & Cloutier, M. Implementing school asthma programs: Lessons learned and recommendations. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 134(6), 1245-1249

Target Audience

UW Health Pediatric Physicians with access to the asthma registry who are looking to improve management of patients with asthma using Asthma Action Plans.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to improve management of their asthma patients by:

  • Utilizing Asthma Action Plan registry to identify the number of patients who meet the criteria (i.e., have a correct diagnosis of asthma)
  • Implementing workflows to identify and outreach to registry patients
  • Training team members to educate patients on their asthma action plans
  • Reviewing ways to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete asthma action plans
Course summary
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Physician Lead:

Gail Allen, MD

Additional Planners:

Amy Topel
Cathy Means

It is the policy of the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of MOC and CME activities disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests* in order to allow staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). For this educational activity all conflicts have been resolved. There are no relevant financial relationships to disclose or discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs/devices for any those listed above.

* The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.

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Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP 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 healthcare team.


This Quality Improvement (QI) Effort meets Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV Standards and Guidelines for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program Organization (Portfolio Program) and is eligible for MOC Part IV through participating ABMS Member Boards.

As an approved Portfolio Sponsor, theUW Health MOC Portfolio Program has been approved by the ABMS Portfolio Program to approve QI Efforts for MOC Part IV through 02/01/2020.


Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this PI CME activity for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Units/Credit Hours

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), authorizes this program for 2.0 continuing education units (CEUs) or 20.0 hours.


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Required Hardware/software

Free, current version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome. Some older browsers and Microsoft Edge could produce error messages or not display the content correctly. 
Free, current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader or other .pdf reader, with the ability to complete PDF forms.
Software to create a screenshot image for upload to the project.
Software to create/complete spreadsheets and convert to PDF.