COPD Foundation’s COPD Readmissions Summit: Identifies Strategies for Reducing Hospital Readmissions, Develops Compendium of Best Practices

September 18, 2013

Oct. 11, 2013, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 20 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Registration now open; live video streaming available

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2013 – The COPD Foundation (COPDF) today announces that its “COPD Readmissions Summit: Integrating COPD into Patient Centered Hospital Readmission Reduction Programs,” Oct. 11, 2013, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 20 F St. NW, Washington, D.C., will convene national health service researchers, policy makers and leading experts in respiratory health to discuss strategies and sustainable solutions in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s (CMS) finalized Readmissions Reduction Program measures to include patients admitted for an acute exacerbation of COPD.

Registration is now open. Live video streaming is also available. Speakers include Mary D. Naylor, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Mark Williams, M.D. F.H.M., principal investigator, Advisory Board co-chair, and professor and chief, Division of Hospital Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“Given the inevitable financial penalties for hospitals, this summit is timely and essential for short- and long-term planning,” says John W. Walsh, president and founder, COPDF. “We will also focus on the development of best practices and create an agenda for advancing the care of patients hospitalized with COPD. Eliminating unnecessary readmissions related to COPD is critical for advancing the goals of healthcare reform.”

Twenty percent of patients hospitalized with COPD exacerbations are readmitted within 30 days. Exacerbation costs account for nearly 70 percent of the estimated $50 billion in annual COPD expenditures, with readmission-related expenses ranking third highest among Medicare beneficiaries.

Walsh adds, “A patient-centered system for reducing readmissions must account for the needs of the patient with COPD, as well as the complexity of a patient who has co-morbidities. Finding solutions to these challenges will improve outcomes.”

Supporting partners include the American Association for Respiratory Care and the Rhode Island State Nurses Association.

About the COPD Foundation
The mission of the COPD Foundation ( is to develop and support programs, which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The C.O.P.D. Information Line, 866-316-COPD (2673), is a toll-free number for information and referrals on COPD, offering callers access to peer-to-peer patients and caregiver associates. DRIVE4COPD ( is a public awareness and education campaign of the COPD Foundation.