Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

We have a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) program.  If you have COPD and you are 21 years of age or older, you may want to join the COPD program.

COPD can make a person feel breathless and cough.  This may cause you to limit your activities.  We want to help you maintain control of your breathing.  We want you to lead an active life. 

As part of this program, a specially trained care manager may call you on the telephone.  The care manager will help you understand your lung condition.  They will teach you about diet, exercise, and proper use of your medicines.

Here are a few reminders for managing your COPD:

  • Quit smoking.  This is the most important change you can make to help yourself.  If you are still smoking, ask your doctor to help you quit.  Ask family members to smoke outside the house.  You can also get help to quit smoking by calling the Quit line.

  • Make sure that you get a yearly flu shot.  Ask your doctor about a pneumonia shot if you have not had one.

  • Talk to your doctor about an exercise program.  Daily exercise will help you to breathe better.

  • Take your medicines as your doctor ordered.  These medicines will help decrease the symptoms of COPD.  They will also help to keep you out of the hospital.

  • If you are admitted to the hospital, make an appointment to see your doctor within 2 weeks of discharge.

  • Make sure you use your oxygen if it was ordered for you. It can help you breathe better and be more active.

If you would like more information on the COPD Program call our Care Management team at 855-412-8004, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.