US COPD Coalition

Year: 2019


Staying Safe in the Hospital and More Helpful Tips From the NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released the December 2019 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. This month’s issue includes many useful articles, including tips for staying safe while in the hospital, physical activity safety tips, whether or not … Read more


It’s Cold Season! Can Complementary Approaches Help?

The National Institutes for Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has issued the following bulletin regarding complimentary approaches to avoiding a cold: Many complementary health approaches have been proposed as remedies for the common cold or ways to reduce the risk of catching a cold. There’s evidence that some of them may help. … Read more


Editorial Highlights Critical Need for Increased COPD Research Funding

As National COPD Awareness Month winds down, an editorial in the online publication The Hill argues for the urgent need for increased funding for COPD research. Authored by respiratory therapists J. Brady Scott, Ellen Becker, and Shawna Strickland, three highly respected leaders of the respiratory care profession, the editorial challenges Congress to step up and give chronic obstructive pulmonary … Read more


Supplemental Oxygen Systems Webinar Recording Available for Viewing

If you were unable to attend the US COPD Coalition’s webinar, “Supplemental Oxygen Systems”, which was broadcast live on November 22, 2019, you can now view it in its entirety. This special webinar was devoted to addressing questions and concerns that were submitted as part of our October webinar on supplemental oxygen (you can view … Read more


Portable Oxygen Needs Assessment Form Available for Download

There are many types of oxygen equipment used in the home, with each device having advantages and disadvantages. An assessment of a patient’s needs is crucial to matching oxygen patients with the right equipment. The United States COPD Coalition (USCC) Portable Oxygen Task Force has developed the accompanying Portable Oxygen Needs Assessment form for completion by patients, … Read more


CDC Releases Updated Information on Vaping Lung Injurry

The latest issue of the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) includes an article that examines the practices and characteristics of e-cigarette users who experienced associated lung injury. Researchers found that nearly all of the patients reported using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing vaping cartridgess, and most of the cartridges contained vitamin E … Read more


Medicare and Oxygen Webinar Recording

The US COPD Coalition’s webinar, “Medicare and Oxygen” was broadcast on October 16, 2019. The broadcast featured Tangita Daramola, the Competitive Acquisition Ombudsman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as Cindy White, a Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC) and Dr. Jessica Whitley, who spoke about CMS’ Immediate … Read more