QCP’s Respiratory Disease Management program includes those with a diagnosis of Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Through effective management people that are afflicted with respiratory issues can lead healthy and active lives. This is the goal of our program.
More Americans than ever are suffering from asthma. It is one of this country's most common and costly diseases. Asthma is a disease of the lungs in which the airways become blocked or narrowed causing breathing difficulty. Asthma is commonly divided into two types: allergic (extrinsic) asthma and non-allergic (intrinsic) asthma. There is still much research that needs to be done to fully understand how to prevent, treat and cure asthma. But, with proper management, people can live healthy and active lives
It is estimated that more than 20 million people in the United States have asthma. This health problem results in nearly 500,000 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.
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 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.
Contact your human resources department to see if your employer is offering this program. If your employer offers this program and you are interested in becoming a participant or are a current participant and need to communicate with the program coordinator, contact Quality Care Partners