November is COPD Awareness Month
The U.S. COPD Coalition has announced the release of a powerful new video that raises awareness of the critical need for significantly increased COPD research funding.
It's COPD Dammit! was produced by Foote, Cone and Belding (FCB) pro bono.
U.S. COPD Coalition Webinar:
CSPR South Region Meeting
Next meeting will be scheduled for Feb. 2020.
CSPR North Region Meeting
Next meeting will be scheduled for Feb. 2020.
California Thoracic Society Northern California Annual Conference
January 17 & 18, 2020
Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey, California
Featuring presentations on these topics: Oxygen Therapy, COPD Updates, and Ethics and Updates on Pulmonary Hypertension and Hot Topics in Pulmonary Medicine.
Stanford Interstitial Lung Disease Symposium: Diagnosing and Treating Fibrosing Interstitial Lung Diseases
February 29, 2020
A CME event, led by the Stanford Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
A team of multidisciplinary experts will address common challenges with an emphasis on the role of accurate radiographic interpretation, in combination with diagnostic testing and classification, and disease management strategies.
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.
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AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Mary Burns Award
The Mary Burns Award is given annually to a CSPR member in recognition of clinical excellence... click here for more info
Each year CSPR makes a $500 scholarship available to a member to further their education.. click here for more info
Pulmonary Rehabilitation – California as a Leader in Improving Reimbursement and Awareness
by Chris Garvey NP, Richard Casaburi PhD, MD and Phil Porte
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.