NAMCP Announces Medical Directors COPD Resource Center

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 General News J E 4

Resource Center features information on COPD diagnosis, treatment, tools and more!

GLEN ALLEN, Va., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) announced today that it has released the Medical Directors COPD Resource Center. The resource center is designed to provide medical directors, practicing physicians and patients with the most up to date information on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) diagnosis and treatment. The resource center was designed by a team of medical directors from purchasers, plans and provider systems who wanted up-to-date, unbiased information on the various techniques in use that would help improve patient outcomes in the COPD patient population.

"We needed one spot to research new information on the diagnosis and treatment of COPD. The web based Medical Directors COPD Resource Center is that place," said Ron Hunt, MD, Medical Director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, who was one of the COPD Resource Center Advisory Board members.

Click on the following link to visit the COPD Resource Center:

The Medical Directors COPD Resource Center features several tools that can help both physicians and patients manage the disease. The NAMCP COPD Physician Audit Tool is a worksheet that can help physicians monitor the progress of their COPD patients over the course of their treatment. The NAMCP COPD Patient Health Record is a worksheet which patients can fill out to see if they might have signs and symptoms associated with COPD. Patients can then bring the worksheet with them to their doctor's appointment, where the physician and patient can review the results together.

Approximately 24 million people in the United States may have COPD, and approximately 12 million of those are not even aware that they have it. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 127,000 deaths annually. As many as 1.5 million ER visits and 726,000 hospitalizations occur each year as a result of COPD. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute estimates that COPD cost the healthcare system $49.9 billion in 2010.

The Medical Directors COPD Resource Center is the latest in a series of resource centers produced by NAMCP. Visit to view resource centers on Bipolar Disorder, Diabetes, Weight Management and Sleep Disorders.

The Medical Directors COPD Resource Center is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.

SOURCE National Association of Managed Care Physicians



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