Erie Vital Signs

Medication Management for COPD Exacerbation

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This trend is mixed.

A recent or sudden change in your ability to breathe, or an increase in the amount of coughing or mucus (exacerbation), could mean you need a change in your therapy.

Exacerbations typically include increased mucus production, more infected mucus and/or worsening of shortness of breath (dyspnea).

Why is this important?

  • A patient’s symptoms and breathing may take several weeks to recover from an exacerbation episode, so they must be managed appropriately.
  • Several treatment alternatives, including medications, may be used by your doctor to help prevent exacerbations.

How is Erie doing?

  • The charts below show the HEDIS® rates of people with COPD in Erie who have been given medication to manage COPD exacerbation and are on the right track to keeping their lungs healthy.
  • The higher the numbers, the better Erie is doing. They show people have good functional lungs. They also show that they care about their overall health.
  • Erie improved in 2013 among Medicare and Medicaid patients, but got worse and is lagging behind the Pennsylvania and national benchmarks in the private (commercial) insurance patients.

How can you help Erie do better?

  • If you have COPD, see your doctor yearly to check your mucous, cough and lung function overall.
  • Encourage people you know with COPD to have their lungs checked each year.
  • Ask your doctor the questions below.

What to ask your doctor:

  • What can make my COPD worse? How can I avoid it?
  • Which medications can help me recover from an exacerbation?
  • How can I manage this with my other health conditions?
  • How can I learn more?

HEDIS® Data Sources | HEDIS® References


Private (Commercial) Insurance

Percent of Commercial Patients With COPD Whose Medication is Managed — higher is better.
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Medicare Insurance

Percent of Medicare Patients With COPD Whose Medication is Managed — higher is better.
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Medicaid Insurance

Percent of Medicaid Patients With COPD Whose Medication is Managed — higher is better.
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HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

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