US COPD Coalition



US COPD Coalition Mourns the Loss of Dr. Brian Tiep

The US COPD Coalition (USCC) is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Brian L. Tiep, MD, a pulmonary physician and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on chronic lung disease. Dr. Tiep had a passion for helping patients with pulmonary disease, particularly COPD. He was an early and strong proponent of pulmonary rehabilitation … Read more


Registration open for free webinar that introduces the COPD Caregiver’s Toolkit

Respiratory Health Association (RHA) is partnering with Vitalograph, a global leader in respiratory diagnostics, to host a Q&A webinar with RHA President & CEO Joel Africk and Dr. Khalilah Gates, a pulmonologist at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. They will introduce and discuss the new digital COPD Caregivers Toolkit, the importance of caregiving, and the role … Read more


Hospital Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group Show Pandemic-Era Declines in Patient Experience

The following is excerpted from a press release from the Leapfrog Group, a patient safety advocacy organization. The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety, today released the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, which assigns a letter grade to nearly 3,000 U.S. general hospitals based on over 30 … 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


COPD Foundation leads the fight against non-FDA approved oxygen concentrators

Many of you may have seen very inexpensive “Oxygen Concentrators” available online, including Amazon, Facebook, eBay.These are selling in the range of $300 to $650. They are not FDA approved, nor will they support the supplemental oxygen needs of most living with COPD. FDA-approved portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) produce at least 93% oxygen at any given … Read more


Isolation and Quarantine

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public. These recommendations do not apply to healthcare personnel and do not supersede state, local, tribal, of territorial laws, rules, and regulations. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for … Read more


Is It Flu, COVID-19, Allergies, or a Cold?

The following article is reprinted from the January 2022 issue of the National Institutes of Health’s NIH News In Health. Feeling sick can be especially concerning these days. Could your sniffles be caused by COVID-19? Or the flu? A cold? Or maybe allergies? Determining the cause of an illness can be tricky because many share … Read more


Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know

The following is re-printed from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s COVID-19 website.  Emergence of Omicron On November 24, 2021, a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.529, was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). This new variant was first detected in specimens collected on November 11, 2021 in Botswana and on November 14, 2021 in South Africa. … Read more