Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week is March 10 – 16

Promote Pulmonary Rehabilitation throughout the month of March! Highlight the role home health can play in improving outcomes and reducing hospitalizations for patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a therapy program designed to reduce symptoms and increase stamina for people with breathing problems. PR is an individualized care plan that works in tandem with other medical treatments to teach patients how better to manage their condition. A typical PR strategy may include:  

  • Physical training

  • Energy-conservation techniques

  • Respiration coaching

  • Meal planning

  • Disease management procedures

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a long-term commitment that can be an effective treatment for: respiratory failure, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and COPD. Patients with severely compromised health and those with limited mobility can find it difficult to participate in regular therapy sessions. That’s where having a team of specialists come to the patient is so helpful. Home health can provide the therapy people need without their leaving home.

Home health care teams, nurses, technicians, and specialists provide high level care for patients with obstructed breathing.

  • Promote home care to the physicians in your service area. Remind your referral network that under Medicare patients are generally covered for most medically necessary COPD treatments including home health care ICD-10 codes J00-J99.

  • Cold and Flu season may be winding down, but the local walk-in clinics are still busy treating patients with respiratory illness. Call on these often-overlooked referral sources and distribute patient education materials about home health and COPD.

  • Advocate lung health through your social media outlets with links to helpful resources.

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