North region CSPR meeting:
February 8, 2019
John Muir Medical Center
South Region CSPR meeting:
To Be announced
If your area is being affected by the wildfires here is some advice that CTS published last year which was adapted for the ATS website. Please share with your patients. ATS also has an excellent podcast available.
How to Stay Healthy During the Fires Top 10 Tips from the CTS
California WildFires and Unhealthy Air Quality - Helpful Information
The California Thoracic Society (CTS), a chapter of the American Thoracic Society, has provided resources links and prepared an educational document to be shared with the general public, healthcare professionals and patients affected by the catastrophe of wildfires.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Reimbursement Challenges and Strategies for Survival by Chris Garvey, et al.
Despite growing evidence for the clinical effectiveness of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR), inadequate reimbursement and limited availability continue to hinder the effective PR delivery in the US.(1) A recent analysis indicates that, in 2012, only 3.7% of Medicare-eligible COPD patients received PR (2). Low reimbursement undeniably influences the availability of what is now the standard of care in chronic lung disease.
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Save the Date
May 3-4, 2019
2019 CSPR Annual Conference
in Sacramento at
Holiday Inn Downtown
Information will be made available here as we progress to merge with AACVPR
Bulletin for ATS PR Assembly
Please review and share with colleagues!
Pulmonary rehabilitation is known to improve quality of life for patients with COPD and other lung diseases. The problem? Not enough patients, or their doctors, know about this treatment option.
To help address that knowledge gap, the ATS has partnered with the Gawlicki Family Foundation to launch a pilot program to increase public awareness of pulmonary rehab. At the center of the campaign is a new, patient-friendly website: www.livebetter.org.
On the website, visitors will find a number of resources to help patients (and their family, friends, caregivers and doctors) answer an important question: Is pulmonary rehab right for me? Related resources, include:
Resources explaining pulmonary rehab and its benefits
Directory of pulmonary rehab programs across the United States
Criteria for selecting a PR Program and the enrollment process
Frequently Asked Questions
The campaign is also being promoted through a public relations campaign. Here are a few recent news articles which were subsequently published in numerous other news outlets:
Physician's Briefing: "Patients Hospitalized for COPD Rarely Receive Pulmonary Rehab," November 16, 2016
Everyday Health: "Most COPD Patients Are Missing Out on Pulmonary Rehab Benefits," December 6, 2018
Please share these resources, most especially www.livebetter.org, a related fact sheet and the attached social media posts, with your colleagues, patients and their families. ATS also has a Patient Education Information Series fact sheet on this topic.
Pulmonary rehab can deliver real benefits and we want as many people as possible to know.
September 13, 2018
AACVPR Announcement: Health Policy & Reimbursement Update
OIG 2019 Work Plan Includes Audit of Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Read an update on program deficiencies sited
See the Update & links in "members only"