1006 – Improving Outcomes, Reducing Readmissions: A Case for Pulmonary Maintenance Programs
Acute pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the most effective non-pharmacological means for managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Benefits for COPD participants including dyspnea relief, increased exercise tolerance, improved quality of life, decreased isolation, and reduced healthcare utilization are well-documented, yet research outcomes for pulmonary maintenance programs is lacking.
The Holy Cross Health Pulmonary Maintenance Program in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a community-based program that has been in operation since April 2013. The tracking of admissions related to a pulmonary condition, as well as nights in the hospital and emergency department visits one year prior to participation and annually thereafter have been analyzed over a three-year period. Information about how the program is structured and implemented will give case managers a useful template for replication and tools to measure impact on health care costs.
1. Contrast the role of the Department of Defense (DoD) Case Manager, resources/support services available and the steps involved in preparing for the transition of care process including the psychosocial impact
2. Define the role of a case manager in linking clients to a pulmonary maintenance program
3. Describe the major benefits and components of establishing a pulmonary maintenance program