What is the latest COVID-19 update? What should I know about the new strain of the virus? What do I need to know before getting a vaccine? Where do I go for answers and information that I can trust?
We are nearly a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and we now have a deluge of information to consider. Many questions are emerging concerning reliable information relating to detection, treatment, vaccines, vaccine reactions, as well as personal protection activities.
The US COPD Coalition (USCC) is honored to present “COVID-19: Info You Can Trust”. This informative webinar features Albert Rizzo, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer for the American Lung Association and member of the US COPD Coalition Board of Directors. Dr. Rizzo gave an excellent overview of COVID-19, how it spreads, how to protected yourself, and up-to-date information on where we stand with current and future vaccines. He also provided science-based answers to the questions listed above (and many more).
Click on this link to view the webinar:
The US COPD Coalition was pleased to present our the webinar, “Updates to Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment and Other Devices“, which featured speakers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The webinar was broadcast live on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern. A recording of the webinar is now available for viewing.
This free webinar provides an overview to beneficiaries on the Medicare publication titled Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment and Other Devices (pub.11045).
Updates were made to this publication in August 2020 in order to better meet the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, and we will review those updates. Our guest speakers are Tangita Daramola, Competitive Acquisition Ombudsman for CMS and her colleague Barbara McCoy, Associate Ombudsman for CMS. Tangita and Barbara discussed the updates that have been made to the publication with a special focus on respiratory durable medical equipment issues. They also cover resources available to Medicare beneficiaries, where beneficiaries can go to obtain assistance, and answered questions from participants.
View the webinar featuring Dr. Tiep here: COPD and the Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
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.
View the webinar featuring Dr. Minassian here: Coping with Stress in Difficult Times
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 “Webinars” page to the dates of the webinars, and you will find the links.
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
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).
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)
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
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:
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