South region CSPR meeting:
South region meeting is scheduled for 9/17/2019 at 9am @ LA-Biomed/Harbor UCLA.
North region meeting:
TBD - Stay tuned
CSPR is joining the Call to Action with the American Thoracic Society (ATS) to improve Pulmonary Rehabilitation awareness
U.S. News & World Report (pick-up of HealthDay placement; RoseComm placed)
“Why Are So Few COPD Patients Getting Vital Rehab Treatment?”
November 15, 2018
CT ViewPoints (Connecticut Mirror’s opinion site; op-ed by Dr. Rochester)
“Why don’t people with COPD get all the treatment they need?”
December 13, 2018
Everyday Health “Most COPD Patients Are Missing Out on Pulmonary Rehab Benefits”
December 6, 2018
Everyday Health (profile of patient Lynn Markwell) “How Pulmonary Rehabilitation Helped My Lung Condition and Extended My Life” December 21, 2018
Additional information is available at LIVEBETTER.ORG
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.
More on Blog page
Pulmonary Rehabilitation – California as a Leader in Improving Reimbursement and Awareness
by Chris Garvey NP, Richard Casaburi PhD, MD and Phil Porte
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.