US COPD Coalition

WEBINARS

Jul
1

“COPD and the Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation”

The US COPD Coalition presented part two of our free webinar series on July 1, 2020 and the recording of the webinar is now available for viewing. The webinar, COPD and the Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, focused on helping COPD patients understand COPD and how stay healthy as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our guest speaker was Brian Tiep, MD. Dr. Tiep, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on chronic lung disease, discussed COPD and related conditions and the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation practiced on a daily basis – which he stresses is particularly important at this time of COVID-19.

View the webinar featuring Dr. Tiep here: COPD and the Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Jun
24

“Coping with Stress in Difficult Times”

If you were unable to join the US COPD Coalition live for our webinar, Coping with Stress in Diffiicult Times, you can watch it in its entirety by clicking on the link below. We were pleased to have as our featured speaker Arpi Minassian, Ph.D. Dr. Minassian discussed stress and where it comes from, as well has how to recognize signs of stress and anxiety. She also discussed tips for how to cope with emotional distress related to chronic medical conditions as well as the difficult times we are all facing.

We encourage you to view the webinar, and share it with anyone you feel would benefit from the very useful information that Dr. Minassian shared.

Click on this link to view the webinar: Coping with Stress in Difficult Times

May
13

Oxygen Webinars – Parts 1, 2, and 3

The US COPD Coalition recently hosted a series of three webinars addressing home oxygen issues. Click on the links below to access the individual webinars. Note that you will be required to register in order to view the webinars.

Oxygen Webinar, Part 1 – Medicare and Oxygen Coverage (October 16, 2019)

Oxygen Webinar, Part 2 – Supplemental Oxygen Systems (November 22, 2019)

Oxygen Webinar, Part 3 (February 27, 2020)

To view and download webinar slides, Q & A, and other documents from the webinars, scroll down the USCC website’s “Resources” page to the dates of the webinars, and you will find the links.

Mar
3

Oxygen Webinar – Part 3 Recording Now Available

The U.S. COPD Coalition presented the third and final installment of our oxygen webinar series on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The recording of the webinar is now available for viewing (see the link below).

Our first webinar in October featured officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), who provided information intended to lead to better understanding of the Medicare oxygen coverage requirements. Our second webinar in the series, held in November, featured a pulmonologist, a pulmonary rehabilitation nurse, and an oxygen patient who discussed ways to optimize the use of supplemental oxygen systems to improve your respiratory quality of life. Our final webinar featured durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers and the CMS ombudsman.

For our third webinar, we were honored to have as our panelists Registered Respiratory Therapists Joseph Lewarski, MHA, RRT, FAARC, and Angela King, RPFT, RRT-NPS. Mr. Lewarski is Senior Vice President/General Manager, Global Business-Clinical Care & North American Manufacturing Operations for Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare. Ms.King is the Owner/CEO and Vice-President of Clinical Services with Mobile Medical Homecare. We will also be joined by Tangita Daramola, Competitive Acquisition Ombudsman for the US Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of this webinar was to improve understanding, collaboration and cooperation between beneficiaries and DME suppliers under current rules.

Please click on this link to view the webinar recording: Oxygen Webinar – Part 3 (Note: GoToWebinar requires you to register in order to view the recording

Click on this link to view a PDF version of the webinar slides: Oxygen Webinar Part 3 Slides.pdf

Nov
23

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 the October webinar here). During the October webinar, were fortunate to have representatives from Medicare review coverage policy and clarify misconceptions. The November 22nd webinar consisted of a panel including a pulmonologist, a pulmonary rehabilitation nurse, and a patient. The panel was moderated by a respiratory therapist.

Our distinguished panelists for this webinar include:

Jerry Krishnan, MD, PhD – Associate Vice Chancellor, Population Health Sciences Program; Executive Director, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design; Professor of Medicine & Public Health ~ University of Illinois at Chicago

Kathleen O. Lindell, PhD, RN, ATSF, FAAN – Associate Professor of Medicine & Nursing, University of Pittsburgh Dorothy P. & Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at UPMC

Valerie Chang, JD – Vice-Chair, US COPD Coalition; Chair, Hawaii COPD Coalition

Sam Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC – Chair, US COPD Coalition

Click on the links below to view the webinar recording and to access the webinar documents. In addition to a link to the webinar recording and slides, we have provided a link to the American Association for Respiratory Care’s (AARC) Portable Oxygen Concentrators Guide and CMS’s Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment booklet.

Supplemental Oxygen Systems Webinar Recording(note: you will be required to register in order to view the recording).

Supplemental Oxygen Systems Webinar slides .pdf

AARC Portable Oxygen Concentrators Guide.pdf

Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment.pdf

Oct
21

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 Advocacy Program. If you were unable to attend the live broadcast, or if you would like to share it, click on the link below. In addition, you can access a copy of the slides that were used in the presentation and a resource that describes Medicare’s coverage of durable medical equipment.

Click on the following links to view the webinar recording and to access the webinar documents. In addition to a link to the webinar recording and slides, we have provided a link to CMS’s “Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment” booklet which contains a lot of useful information, and a document that lists answers to questions that were asked during the webinar that we were not able to answer in real time.

Medicare and Oxygen Webinar Recording (You will be required to enter your name and email address to view the webinar recording)

USCC Medicare and Oxygen Webinar Slides.pdf

US COPD oxygen Q and A Final.pdf

Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment.pdf

Nov
20

Webinar to Focus on the Impact of Commercial Tobacco on Tribal Communities

The FDA’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) invites you to join them as they host a webinar titled “The Impact of Commercial Tobacco on Tribal Communities: A Report Card”. The webinar is part of OMH’s Health Equity Lecture Series, and is being hosted in celebration of American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The webinar, which will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, will feature a panel discussion by experts from around the country discussing the public health impact of commercial tobacco use in tribal communities.

To learn more about this webinar or to register, click here, or see the webinar brochure below.
OMH Lecture Series_The Impact of Commercial Tobacco on Tribal Communities-A Report Card 11.29.2018[28907]

Nov
7

November 2018 USCC Member Meeting & Webinar Available for Viewing

The U.S. COPD Coalition’s Noveber 2018 Virtual Member Meeting & Webinar was held on Friday, November 2nd. If you were unable to join us for the webinar, it’s not too late. See below for a link to view it.

The webinar kicked off National COPD Awareness Month, and focused on the COPD National Action Plan and how our US COPD Coalition partner organizations are working to implement the goals of the Plan.

Guest speakers included:

  • Antonello Punturieri, M.D., Ph.D. – Program Director, Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
  • Frank Salvatore, Jr., MBA, RRT, FAARC – Immediate Past President, American Association for Respiratory Care
  • Jamie Sullivan, MPH – Vice President of Public Policy, COPD Foundation
  • Valerie Chang, JD – Executive Director, ,Hawaii COPD Coalition and Vice-Chair, US COPD Coalition

Click here to view the recording of the meeting: November 2018 Virtual Member Meeting

PDF version of the webinar slides:
https://uscopdcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/USCC-Virtual-Member-Meeting-11-2-18-v3.pdf

Jun
26

June 2018 USCC Virtual Member Meeting & Webinar Recording Now Available

The U.S. COPD Coalition’s June 2018 Virtual Member Meeting & Webinar was held on Monday, June 25, 2018. If you were unable to join us for the webinar, it’s not too late. See below for a link to view it.

The webinar featured members of Medicare’s Provider Compliance Group who provided an overview of its project to increase documentation compliance. Improved documentation compliance will offer further assurance that the prescription for, and selection of, supplemental oxygen systems is more tailored to each patient’s needs, from both clinical and lifestyle standpoints.

Guest speakers included:

  • Connie Leonard – Acting Director, Provider Compliance Group, Center for Program Integrity (CPI), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Kevin Young – Senior Technical Advisor , Provider Compliance Group, CPI, CMS
  • Dr. Mark Pilley – Medical Director, Documentation Compliance Contractor (DCC), StrategicHealthSolutions, LLC
  • Robert Dieterle – Clinical Templates Subject Matter Expert, Documentation Compliance Contractor (DCC), CEO EnableCare, LLC

Click here to view webinar: June 2018 Virtual Member Meeting

You can access a PDF version of the webinar slides by clicking the “Related Files to Download” link below.

Related Files To Download

Jun
15

Join Us for the USCC Virtual Member Meeting & Webinar

Please join us on Monday, June 25th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern for the U.S. COPD Coalition’s Virtual Member Meeting and webinar, where home oxygen will be the focus.

We are fortunate to host members of Medicare’s Provider Compliance Group who will provide an overview of its project to increase documentation compliance. Improved documentation compliance will offer further assurance that the prescription for, and selection of, supplemental oxygen systems is more tailored to each patient’s needs, from both clinical and lifestyle standpoints.

Guest speakers include:

  • Connie Leonard, Acting Director, Provider Compliance Group, Center for Program Integrity (CPI), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Kevin Young, Senior Technical Advisor , Provider Compliance Group, CPI, CMS
  • Dr. Mark Pilley, Medical Director, Documentation Compliance Contractor (DCC), StrategicHealthSolutions, LLC
  • Robert Dieterle, Clinical Templates Subject Matter Expert, Documentation Compliance Contractor (DCC), CEO EnableCare, LLC

Coalition staff and Board members will be available to discuss recent updates on policy issues, the COPD National Action Plan and more.

Admission is free and open to all. Help spread the word by sharing this email.

Please join the webinar by following this link:

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5240039712894008321

Webinar ID: 393-206-283

You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered. We look forward to having you join us!