an insider look year end 2018

An insider look: year-end 2017


COPD Insider recaps the top-viewed articles of the past year and shares what you can expect in 2018.

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Tis the season for looking back at 2017 and looking forward to what’s next. Here’s a quick overview of the past, present and future of COPD insider and COPD care.

The spirit of COPD past


Clinicians have been fighting COPD. But over the past decade, COPD has grown to become a major healthcare issue.1 It is now the fourth most common cause of death in the United States, affecting an estimated 16 million adults.1

The more recent past has seen a healthcare system struggling under its increasing burden.

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In 2014, COPD-related healthcare costs exceeded $36 billion.2

In 2015, 78% of hospitals were penalized for readmission.2 Escalating costs, sicker patients and extended lengths of stay have become major challenges to the spirits of COPD treaters.

The spirit of COPD present


In the face of this growing problem, COPD care teams have shown a resilient spirit of innovation, compassion and dedication to their patients. Industry experts have shared with us solutions and first-hand knowledge of how to redefine COPD care.

Here is some of the most read COPD Insider content from 2017:

The Spirit of COPD Future


What can you expect from COPD insider in 2018? A new panel of industry leaders sharing their experience and expertise.


Here’s a look at what they see as essential topics to know:


  • The critical importance of patient lifestyle – Lifestyle impacts overall well-being, mental health and engagement in treatment. What can you do to tailor treatment plans to their needs?
  • Optimizing your team based on pay structure – Fee for value? Capitation? How do you structure a team to succeed?
  • Designing and implementing new protocols – The changing COPD landscape calls for treaters to get comfortable launching new protocols and programs. Could you bring these ideas to your institution?
  • Hiring the right staff – There is a growing need for COPD case managers. Explore the traits to look for in your candidates.


Here are the newest contributors to COPD Insider who will be weighing in on those topics:

We look forward to your spirited engagement as we work together to innovate the future of COPD care.


Best wishes for the new year!

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Petty TL. The history of COPD. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2006;1(1):3-14.

2. Kaiser Health News analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Available at and

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