What is the Healthways COPD program?
The Healthways COPD program was developed in cooperation with participating physicians and is designed to provide
valuable tools to make the delivery of quality care easier.
The Healthways COPD program is proactive and physician- and patient-focused.
When we asked physicians how we could best support them, the answers were to encourage patients to take a more active and responsible role in self-care and to emphasize
the importance of compliance with physician recommendations and treatment plans.
The Healthways COPD program offers a broad array of easy-to-use tools and practical
resources that we think you will find more comprehensive, user-friendly and results-oriented than other programs in which you may have participated.
To design the program, we worked with respected experts in the field of respiratory disorders, including the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Healthways, the firm that administers our Healthways programs and this Web section. Healthways has nearly 25 years of experience in providing specialized services to people with chronic conditions. The Healthways program team, led by registered nurses, provides support to you and to your patients who participate in the program. While you continue to direct the patient's treatment plan, this team of experts reinforces your efforts.
The program is virtually work-free for you and your staff. The health plan and Healthways handle all of the coordination and distribution of program materials to patients, including identification of those who qualify to participate in the program. Using our integrated medical information systems, we identify eligible patients on a confidential basis.
By using nationally recognized clinical practice guidelines and best practices as the foundation of the program, we aim to work in cooperation with participating physicians to achieve consistent, quality care levels and improved outcomes.
Materials for participating primary care physicians
Primary care physicians who have patients participating in the program receive the following physician support materials and patient management tools:
- Guidelines for COPD Care Flow Sheet - A chart documentation tool to help you easily keep track of tests and exams that may be due for your patients according to nationally recognized guidelines for care.
- Medication List - A list of the medications a patient is taking, sent semi-annually, including dosage and frequency.
Materials for Healthways COPD program members