US COPD Coalition

Month: October 2019


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 Now Available

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


Oxygen Survey May Lead to Better Technology and Advocacy

A team of engineering graduate students from Johns Hopkins were surprised when shadowing pulmonologists to learn of the tremendous difficulties people with lung diseases experience with portable oxygen equipment. They have learned first hand from patients about the impact of current portable oxygen equipment on daily activities, and now wish to learn more from you. … Read more