US COPD Coalition

Keith Siegel

Apr
16

CMS Releases 2017 Guide to Medicare Durable Medical Equipment Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2017 consumer booklet on durable medical equipment (DME) coverage. CMS defines DME as “reusable medical equipment like walkers, wheelchairs, or hospital beds” This official government booklet, entitled Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment and Other Devices describes: What durable medical equipment is Which durable medical equipment, … Read more

Mar
29

COPD Foundation Honors Late Founder with New Memorial Fund

The COPD Foundation has honored the memory of its founder and Director Emeritus John W. Walsh, IV with a new fund whose focus will be finding a cure for COPD. According to the Foundation’s press release, the JW Walsh Fund to Cure COPD will ensure that John Walsh’s memory will live on while the Foundation … Read more

Mar
28

Matching Inhalers to Patient’s Ability is Critical

Not all inhalers are created equally. Inhalers vary significantly in the amount of strength, coordination and lung capacity required to use them effectively. “Inhalers can be expensive—costing up to $350 each—so selecting the best inhaler for the individual patient avoids wasted doses and improves outcomes” notes Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP. Wick summarizes the … Read more

Mar
28

Matching Inhalers to Patient’s Ability is Critical

Not all inhalers are created equally. Inhalers vary significantly in the amount of strength, coordination and lung capacity required to use them effectively. “Inhalers can be expensive—costing up to $350 each—so selecting the best inhaler for the individual patient avoids wasted doses and improves outcomes” notes Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP. Wick summarizes the … Read more

Mar
26

Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a helpful guide entitled Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital that providers can give to patients who are being discharged following a stay in the hospital. The guide is designed to help patients care for themselves by helping the patient keep … Read more

Mar
18

Getting Medical Care? How to Avoid Getting an Infection

Preventing infections is critical to patients with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases. Unfortunately, a common source of infection is the healthcare setting. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has just released important information designed to help patients protect themselves from healthcare-acquired infections. The article, Getting Medical Care? How to Avoid Getting an Infection, gives … Read more

Mar
17

Pulmonary Healthcare Professionals Heading to Capitol Hill

Two member organizations of the US COPD Coalition will be heading to Washington, DC in the coming weeks. Representatives from the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) are holding their annual “Hill Days” in an effort to advocate on behalf of the pulmonary patients they serve. While the physicain … Read more

Mar
8

COPD Community Mourns the Loss of John Walsh

When John Walsh was first diagnosed with Alhpa-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a genetic form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, he started on a journey that would change the way the world sees and responds to COPD. John co-founded the Alpha-1 Foundation and AlphaNet, and as he learned more about COPD, he realized that the problem went … Read more

Mar
2

Kaiser Family Foundation: Affordability of Healthcare Has Been Deteriorating Since 2015

A new report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation notes that Americans are finding health care less affordabe compared to 2015. Even those with employer-sponsored health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are finding the ability to pay for premiums, deductibles, and other out of pocket costs more difficult. According to a press release from the … Read more

Mar
1

FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs Releases Its 2016 Annual Report

The US Food & Drug Administration’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) has just released its 2016 Annual Report, and it was a banner year for generic drug approvals. The OGD approved 630 abbreviated new drug applications and tentatively approved an additional 183, which sets a record for generic drug approvals. According to Kathleen Uhl, MD, the … Read more