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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD is a common lung disease, often caused by smoking, which makes it more difficult for a person to breathe. There are two main types: chronic bronchitis that involves a long-term cough with mucus, and emphysema, where the lungs are destroyed over time.

If you have COPD, we will provide you with education and resources to help you manage your health, including:

Member newsletters

Health Report card(s), listing recommended preventive screenings you may need:

  • Annual flu vaccination
  • Pneumonia vaccine
  • Annual wellness visit with PCP
  • Bone Mass Measurement
  • Breast Cancer Screening (women)
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Diabetes Screenings (Annual dilated retinal eye exam, Microalbumin urine test, Hemoglobin A1c test)
  • Depression Screening
  • Fall Prevention
  • Body Mass Index

On BlueConnect, you can also view articles on health education, create actions plans, sign up to participate in health challenges, and much more. Get started today!

Educational materials
As a program participant, you'll receive a variety of educational materials designed to teach you more about living with COPD. These materials may include specifics on tests, diet, exercise, medications, and symptom management. This information can also be taken for review and discussion with your health care provider.

Support from a registered nurse (RN)

Program participants can receive assistance from a RN:

  • Case Management Programs - In certain health situations, you may be eligible to work one-on-one with a case manager. For more information, visit Case Management Programs.

Important Information - COPD Exacerbation

Work with your doctor to make a plan for dealing with a COPD exacerbation or flare-up. If you receive treatment in an acute inpatient facility or the emergency department as a result of a COPD exacerbation, please discuss with your physician the medications needed to treat your condition. This may include a systemic corticosteroid within 14 days of the event and a bronchodilator within 30 days of the event.

Online resources

Important Legal Information and Disclaimers

The information on this page is current as of 10/1/2017.

Y0079_7833 CMS Approved 10172017