In July of this year, the Medicare Respiratory
Therapist Access Act (H.R. 2619) was introduced
in Congress. Congressman John Lewis
(D-Georgia), co-chair of the US COPD Coalition,
introduced the bill in an effort to ensure that expanded
access to respiratory therapists beyond
the walls of the hospital and into the physician
practice becomes a reality.
Elissa Hepner and Baptistine Babs Brownyard
met, by chance, in 2005 at an American
Association of University Women meeting.
We sat next to each other, and started talking. She
was widowed and I was widowed and we met and
started talking about health issues, and she told me
about her bronchiectasis, Elissa, 78, says. I didnt
know anything about it, so I called a pulmonologist
friend of mine, and he explained it and recommended
we go to National Jewish Health in Denver, Colo.
Here are some tips you may find useful:
Patients with COPD share the goals of maximizing
their activity tolerance, eliminating
respiratory symptoms and avoiding side-effects
of treatments. To achieve these outcomes
you must make the most of each visit with your
doctor. This article will review ideas that can help
you get the most value from your follow-up doctor
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This past August at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee,
11 lucky people won the chance to experience a
Ride-Along with DRIVE4COPD Ambassador and professional
racecar driver, Austin Dillon, thanks to a donation
of the car and track time by Richard Petty
Driving Experience (RPDE).
Have you ever been instructed by a health
care professional on how to use your inhalers,
and then another professional tells
you to do it differently? This can be confusing and
frustrating, sometimes even getting in the way of
effective communication and trust among patients
and health care professionals.