I would like to share with you an important and vital story in CNN Health on how Ted Koppel and his wife have dedicated themselves to fighting COPD. We are all stakeholders in this puzzle of creating more awareness of COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The article and links provided within, provide a great launching pad in raising awareness and addressing key issues of this public health problem.
Watch the CBS news story by Ted Koppel "Clearing the Air - Living with COPD" which aired November 26, 2017. Here the couple advocates for more research into prevention and treatment, which lags far behind what is devoted to other diseases. You will be amazed!
Learn more about the key stumbling point in making pulmonary rehab available. Read Chris Garvey, NP, Phil Porte and Casburi Ph.D., MD blog post on the CSPR website. “Medicare only reimburses pulmonary rehab at 50% of the rate of cardiac rehab.”
CSPR is taking a grassroots effort in this national campaign and our ask of you is to come together with our similar goals and directions to position ourselves to improve the quality of delivering healthcare to this patient population.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read through this and sharing it with others. This is really a team effort from all of us - healthcare providers, patients, and the general public. As stated in the CBS news story by Dr. Gary Gibbons, (from NHLBI) in order for greater federal funding we need greater appropriation. "Lend your breath and voice that affects so many Americans".
Please lend your voice and tell your congressperson about this great healthcare need. I also encourage you to share your thoughts through our website and social media.
In great appreciation,