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Our Respiratory Disease Management program is designed to assist your employees that have Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). With approximately 23 million Americans having Asthma and another 13.6 million adults have been diagnosed with COPD and approximately equal number have yet been diagnosed, it is easy to see that the burden of respiratory disease effects employers through medical costs and loss productivity.
A recent Lung Association survey revealed that half of all COPD patients (51%) say their condition limits their ability to work. Management of the disease keeps employees healthy and working; resulting in fewer days lost to poor health and greater productivity. Through effective management people that are afflicted with respiratory issues can lead healthy and active lives, making them more productive members of your workforce.
One of this country’s most common and costly diseases Asthma effects an estimated 23 million people in the United States. This health problem results in thousands of hospital stays each year. Each year billions of dollars are spent on the treatment of asthma. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest. In severe cases, asthma can be deadly. Through proper management and education people can live healthy and active lives.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term referring to two lung diseases, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, that are characterized by obstruction to airflow that interferes with normal breathing. Both of these conditions frequently co-exist, hence physicians prefer the term COPD.
There are an estimated 12.7 million people in the United States who have COPD. It is likely that an additional 12 million or more COPD cases (those in patients with minimal or no symptoms at all) are undiagnosed. Thus, the true prevalence of COPD may be as high as 24 million cases.
In 2010, the cost to the nation for COPD was approximately $49.9 billion, including $29.5 billion in direct health care expenditures, $8.0 billion in indirect morbidity and $12.4 billion in indirect mortality costs.
Quality Care Partners' Respiratory Disease Management Program is a unique model which centers on the patient and includes coordination of care through the physician, education, community pharmacists, the employer and the QCP Disease Management Department. Through monthly intervention with a community pharmacist, visits with their physician and contact with QCP, participants learn how to better manage their disease and enjoy a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Employers who provide a respiratory disease management program for their employees realize dollar-for-dollar savings by reducing the number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to asthma and COPD. Beyond this, the incalculable benefits of reduced absenteeism and improved productivity translate into higher margins and happier, healthier workplace environments. To learn more about our Respiratory Disease Management Program and how we can help your employees lead healthier and more productive lives, contact us for more information.