COPD Care: Basics to Partnerships
By: Daniel Thompson, RN, BSN - Director of Performance Improvement and Education
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a debilitating disease whose impact on our nation's health and health care system cannot be understated in terms of lives affected or cost.
COPD affects 30 million Americans nationwide. According to the COPD Foundation, it affects 6.5 percent of the population in North Carolina alone. While these numbers are alarming, the cost burden of this disease is severe, with estimated direct costs at $32 billion and indirect costs at $20.4 billion, according to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.
As providers across the spectrum of health care look to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes, homecare can play an integral role by reducing hospital readmissions and improving a patient's quality
There are some simple strategies that all homecare agencies can incorporate into their care planning to improve COPD patients' outcomes. Well Care Home Health looked to partner with innovative and forward-thinking organizations to further drive down costs and maximize quality of life for patients.
Read more in the original article published in HomeCare Magazine.