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Blue Medicare HMO, Blue Medicare PPO, and Blue Medicare Rx (PDP) Members

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD is a common lung disease, often caused by smoking, that 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, whereby the lungs are destroyed over time.

If you have COPD, this program can provide you with education and resources to help you manage your health.

Preventive reminders
We'll send you reminders for regular health screenings and treatments, including:

  • Annual flu shot
  • Birthday cards with recommended screenings listed

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 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.
  • The Telephone Learning CenterTM (TLC) toll-free line gives you access to comprehensive medical information 24 hours a day. You can speak with a registered nurse for information on a wide array of health topics. For more information, visit the TLC page.

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.

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Important Legal Information and Disclaimers

The information on this page is current as of 10/1/2014.

Y0079_6741 CMS Approved 10022014