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USCC Joins Other Groups in Support of the “Four Pillars of Oxygen Reform”

For too long, patients who require supplemental oxygen have not had access to oxygen appropriate for their medical and quality of life needs, especially individuals who require liquid oxygen.

Led by the American Thoracic Society’s Oxygen Workgroup, chaired by Susan Jacobs, RN, MS, FGAAN, a pulmonary research nurse at Stanford University, the US COPD Coalition, the American Association for Respiratory Care, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, the COPD Foundation, Allergy & Asthma Association, and many other organizations have come together to urge Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to change their policies to ensure anyone who requires supplemental oxygen can access the most appropriate type of oxygen for their needs. Below are our consensus principles, which will form the basis for efforts for legislative reform.

Four Pillars for Oxygen Reform

1. Ensure supplemental oxygen is patient-centric:

  • “Home oxygen” to “supplemental oxygen” to ensure people requiring oxygen can live full lives outside their primary residence
  • Create a patients bill of rights to ensure care is focused on patient needs

2. Ensure access to liquid oxygen for patients for whom it is medically necessary

3. Create a statutory service element to provide adequate reimbursement for respiratory therapists to ensure patients have access to their expertise

4. To ensure predictable and adequate reimbursement and to protect against fraud and abuse, establish national standardized documentation requirements that rely upon a template rather than prescriber medical records to support claims for supplemental oxygen suppliers

Click the image below to view/download the Four Pillars Consensus Principles.

USCC Welcomes Southern Delaware COPD Coalition as Newest Member

The US COPD Coalition (USCC) is pleased to welcome the Southern Delaware COPD Coalition as our newest member organization. The Southern Delaware COPD Coalition is a 501(c)(3) IRS charitable organization whose mission is to improve the health and overall well-being of Delaware residents living with COPD by addressing patient-specific barriers to care and eliminating health disparities to ensure access to quality care for all, including the un- and under-insured.

“We are excited to join forces with the US COPD Coalition”, said chief executive officer Sara Tibbett-Wright, DBA, MSM-HCA, RRT.  “As part of a larger, unified group, we hope to gain the much-needed support that will help generate change to positively impact the quality of healthcare for people with COPD. We hope to be the voice – to advocate for health equity, access, improved quality and outcomes, and to eliminate health disparities for those living with COPD.”

In fulfilling its mission, the Southern Delaware COPD Coalition strives to address any prohibitive sociodemographic factors and/or barriers to quality health care for people living with COPD in Delaware, to include education, transportation, care coordination, utility assistance, housing assistance, medication affordability, patient/caregiver engagement and nutrition assistance.

“The US COPD Coalition is delighted to have the Southern Delaware coalition join USCC”, said USCC Executive Director Keith Siegel, MBA, RRT, CPFT, FAARC. “If we are going to have a truly positive impact on individuals living with chronic lung disease, we need local coalitions like Southern Delaware to be working on the front lines.  USCC is looking forward to working with this wonderful organization.”

US COPD Coalition Calendar

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