PRAXIS: Prevent and Reduce COPD Admissions through eXpertise and Innovation Sharing

Posted on September 25, 2015   |   

This blog post was written by Kristen Willard, MS.

The COPD Foundation is excited to announce the launch of PRAXIS (Prevent and Reduce COPD Admissions through eXpertise and Innovation Sharing), a new initiative for healthcare providers, health systems administrators, and policy makers created to improve COPD care across the continuum and reduce preventable hospital readmissions. The site will go live on Monday, September 28, 2015.

COPD-related exacerbations cause approximately 800,000 hospitalizations and 1.5 million emergency room visits annually. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) to reduce the risk of hospital readmissions in patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia or heart failure. In October of 2013, the CMS HRRP was expanded to include hospitalizations for COPD exacerbations.

PRAXIS Following this announcement, the COPD Foundation held a multi-stakeholder National COPD Readmissions Summit to brainstorm ways to reduce hospital readmissions in patients hospitalized for COPD exacerbations. Five main themes emerged from the summit, including; COPD cannot be ignored by health systems, communities and future research initiatives; initiatives to reduce readmissions must be focused beyond just 30 days to make a meaningful impact on patient outcomes; community and the patient voice must be recognized throughout these efforts; interventions will need to be tailored to the settings in which they implemented; and the system needs infrastructure to promote and sustain collaboration.

The mission of PRAXIS is to prevent and reduce hospital admissions through expertise and innovation sharing.

The backbone of PRAXIS will be an interactive website that has five main components:


  • Discussion boards and a blog to facilitate sharing of promising practices
  • A resource repository full of toolkits and articles related to improving COPD care and reducing readmissions
  • A learning center where we will host live, video and paper professional development opportunities
  • A policy corner containing policy statements and legislative news
  • An innovation center where we’ll keep the community up to date on promising new approaches and technology

The initiative launches on September 28, 2015 at For more information, contact Kristen Willard, Director of Health Outcomes at


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  • Excellent, 'those of us with COPD need all the help we can get for this condition. Especially when you have Pulmonary doctors send you away, telling you there is nothing they can do for you. Thank goodness I kept looking
    until I found one with sound advice. Looking forward to all the exciting new advances that may come of this.
    Thank you all for your time, energy, and efforts you have put in to make this happen. Good Luck!
    • Thank you, valiejean! We're excited to see where this initiative takes us!
    • Thank you, Fabiana! Tomorrow is the official launch date for PRAXIS -- we're just thrilled to see where this will go. A few things COPD360Social users can expect to see in their activity feeds are likes and comments for resources contained in the new resource repository as well new blog PRAXIS blog posts! I'll point out more things as we go -- please don't hesitate to ask any questions! Thanks to everyone for their support.
  • Thank you Kristen for the up date, this is a terrific accomplishment
    The strides the copd foundation have made in a short amount time, is attributed to people
    just like you

    • That is a lovely thing to say, Lauri -- thank you so much! We are very excited to be starting this new initiative and will work hard toward great outcomes.
  • Thank you and congratulations on the launch of this valuable resource for learning and collaboration!