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Resources by Topic: Chronic respiratory conditions

Have Healthy People 2020 Benchmarks for Leading Causes of Death Been Met in Rural and Urban Areas?
Presentation slides from an August 20, 2019 webinar, with analysis of death rates for 7 major causes of death, in light of Healthy People 2020 benchmarks. Features mortality statistics from 2007-2017 for diabetes, heart disease, suicide, cancer, stroke, unintentional injury, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with breakdowns by gender, race, and region, with 6 levels of population density.
Author(s): Alva O. Ferdinand, Timothy Callaghan, Marvellous Akinlotan, Kristie Primm
Date: 08/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organizations: Southwest Rural Health Research Center, Texas A&M Health Science Center
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A Rural Hospital Guide to Improving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
A guide for rural hospital leaders, Rural Health Clinics, and their partners to help them understand rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) services and adopt best practices for COPD diagnosis, treatment, and long-term care. Addresses rural COPD prevalence and services, clinical diagnosis and treatment, service models, care management, technologies, and community support services. Includes considerations for implementing a pulmonary rehab program, roles and staffing needed, and basic billing and coding.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 5
Fifth podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features consultants Lindsay Corcoran and Laurie Daigle. Addresses considerations for hospitals looking to add or expand COPD programs, setting pricing and pricing transparency, billing and coding related issues, and resources available.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 4
Fourth podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features Michelle Collins, respiratory therapist at a rural, Critical Access, and tertiary hospital in Maine. Addresses gaps in COPD care, the role of respiratory therapists in patient medication education, the history of respiratory therapy, reimbursement challenges, pulmonary rehab program closures, the importance of asking the right questions, and barriers to care.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Smoking Status — United States, 2017
Examines age-adjusted prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among current smokers, former smokers, and those who have never smoked. Includes data by urban-rural location.
Author(s): Anne G. Wheaton, Yong Liu, Janet B. Croft, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 68(24), 533-538
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Breathless and Betrayed: What is MSHA Doing to Protect Miners from the Resurgence of Black Lung Disease?
Provides a U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing on the increase in lung disease among coal miners, particularly in the Appalachian states of Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia, and what the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) should do about it. Addresses the history of black lung in the U.S., black lung statistics, the impact of quartz exposure and ways to reduce it, and the finances of the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. Includes testimony from the Government Accountability Office, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, United Mine Workers of America, University of Illinois School of Public Health, and others.
Additional links: Cecil Roberts, John Howard Testimony, Robert Cohen Testimony
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. House of Representatives
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The Challenges of Chronic Disease in Rural Areas: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Video focused on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in rural America. Experts discuss the high prevalence rate in rural areas, possible causes of the disparity, COPD treatment options, and how we can better understand and address this disease.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 3
Third podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features Dr. Dan Doyle, physician for 2 Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHC) in West Virginia and Director of a Black Lung Clinic and a pulmonary rehabilitation project. Addresses how he came to the position, statistics on COPD, improving early diagnosis, best practices for COPD screening and treatment, recommendations for healthcare facilities and individual providers, the COPD National Action Plan, and more.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 2
Second podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features Dr. Paul Moore, a former hospital administrator and rural pharmacist now serving as Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Addresses rural hospital administration turnover, leadership, the prevalence of COPD and what is known about it, its impact on rural areas, workforce issues affecting pulmonary rehab access, and more.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 1
First podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features Grace Anne Dorney Koppel regarding the prevalence of rural COPD, the challenges of treating it in rural communities, her work as President of the Dorney Koppel Foundation, her personal experiences with COPD, and more.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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