In 2009, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was estimated to cause approximately 137,000 deaths, becoming the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD is also the only major illness where the rate of mortality is still increasing. In New York State, COPD claims approximately 6,000 lives every year. While there is no cure for the disease, proper medical management has been shown to decrease its overall effects.
For more information on COPD management, you may consult the Clinical Practice Guidelines we adopted for COPD. We also offer the Better Breathing PATH program for patients with COPD. To enroll one of your EmblemHealth, HIP or GHI patients in the Better Breathing PATH program, call 1-888-881-3112.