Breathing Easier In Tennessee: Employers Mitigate the Health and Economic Costs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
The rate of prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Tennessee is 8.7%, one of the highest in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tennessee has been hit hard by COPD and has the third highest rate of COPD in the U.S., causing almost 2,000 deaths per year. Currently the disease affects women almost twice the rate of men (11.6% vs. 6.7%).
The COPD Foundation is working to help mitigate the health and economic costs of COPD in the state and urges employers to take action now including:
- Accessing tools such as the COPD Employer Toolkit
- Establishing a benefit plan with employee incentives
- Ensuring health plan coverage for COPD-related care
- Encouraging employees over the age of 35 to take the five-question risk screener
Learn more about how employers can mitigate the devastating health and financial costs of COPD.