Vermont practices are invited to join the Asthma and COPD Learning Collaborative, a project organized by OneCare Vermont, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH), the Vermont Blueprint for Health, Support and Services at Home (SASH), Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT). The collaborative is open to practices both inside and outside of the ACO Network.

To register your practice, please complete the registration form by Friday, August 9th, 2019.

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) impact the lives of Vermonters in profound ways.

Sixteen percent of adult Vermonters are diagnosed with the lung diseases asthma (12%) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, 6%) (VDH, 2019). Poorly managed asthma results in decreased quality of life, missed days of work and school, and preventable emergency room visits and hospital stays. If asthma is untreated it can cause permanent lung damage and increase risk of developing COPD.

Improving the health of patients with asthma and COPD is a stated priority across the Vermont healthcare landscape.

Quality measures related to asthma and COPD are included in the Vermont All-Payer Model, the Vermont Department of Health “3-4-50” initiative, the Vermont ACO quality measures, the Blueprint for Health Community Profiles, and other state and local initiatives. The Asthma and COPD Learning Collaborative will take the state-wide focus on lung diseases and translate it to tangible, practical strategies for working with patients and their families to prevent and manage asthma and COPD.

What you can do

By participating in the 9-month (September 2019 – May 2020) Asthma and COPD Learning Collaborative, you and your team will:

  • Receive quality improvement (QI) support as your practice identifies and embarks on a clinical QI project.
  • Engage in peer-to-peer learning with other practices from across Vermont.
  • Develop or change practice workflows to meet QI goals set by your practice team.

The Learning Collaborative will provide you and your team with:

  • Expert faculty and facilitators to improve identification of and outcomes for patients with asthma and COPD.
  • Presentations of case studies as well as didactic and experiential learning.
  • Quality improvement (QI) approaches to aid you in implementing the strategies of the Learning Collaborative.
  • QI coaches provided by Learning Collaborative sponsors who will support you in assessing your current practice, identifying opportunities for process changes and evaluating the impact of these changes.

Learning Collaborative participants will:

  • Form a multi-disciplinary practice team to engage in quality improvement activities.
  • Review your practice’s data throughout the Learning Collaborative to assess and share your progress.
  • Participate in an hour-long kick-off call, four in-person sessions and five hour-long Webinar sessions.
  • Share results as a poster and in a short presentation at the May closing.
  • Regularly engage with Learning Collaborative QI coaches to establish or improve workflows and processes.
  • Track and report on at least the two key performance measures: 1) increasing the demonstration of appropriate inhaler use and 2) screening for tobacco use. Practices will have the opportunity to choose additional measures for tracking.

Proposed topics and dates of the Learning Collaborative

Note: Topics and dates are subject to change.

For questions regarding the Asthma and COPD Learning Collaborative, contact Erin Creley, Quality Improvement Specialist at OneCare Vermont, by emailing erin.creley@onecarevt.org.