BCBSKS to introduce COPD Healthy Options care management program on July 1
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is a progressive disease that affects the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe, and while there is no cure for COPD, if managed properly complications can be reduced. A Healthy Options care management program is being created to help members who have COPD.
"Our goal of this new program is to provide information to help members with COPD relieve symptoms, slow the progress of COPD, stay active and improve overall health," says Dana Hammontree, quality improvement and care management manager.
Participating members receive one-one-one phone guidance and support from a certified nurse care manager regarding the importance of following the doctor's treatment plan, nutrition, diet, risk factors, medications and exercise.
If you have asthma, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or COPD please call us toll-free at 1-800-520-3137 or visit www.bcbsks.com/resourceblue to learn more about our Healthy Options care management programs.
Healthy Options is a free program designed to help members, ages 21 to 63, who have BCBSKS as their primary carrier. Participation in the program is voluntary and the member may elect to withdraw at any time.