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May 20, 2013 at 09:50 AM EDT
COPD Foundation Hosts COPD8USA Conference, Highlights Latest Clinical, Scientific and Care Delivery Issues

The COPD Foundation will host COPD8USA, a multi-disciplinary, Continuing Medical Education (CME) conference, June 14-15, 2013, Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. The event provides crucial clinical and scientific knowledge for primary care physicians, pulmonologists, registered nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, medical directors, care coordinators and anyone involved with the management of individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the nation’s third leading cause of death.

“COPD8USA is a unique opportunity to interact face-to-face with delegates and speakers in order to share practical information for care management, as well as the latest in clinical and basic research,” says John Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation.

The conference will highlight cutting-edge clinical, scientific and care delivery issues and how changes in the current healthcare and COPD landscape can be implemented to positively impact patient care. It will include robust plenary sessions, as well as three topical breakout tracks:

  • The Research track will include novel therapies in development, the latest science behind the complex role that COPD exacerbations play in the pathology of COPD, and the role of genetics in COPD diagnosis and management. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Alpha-1 gene. COPD8USA will celebrate this anniversary and the research track will highlight progress to date on Alpha-1 research, as well as other novel developments that researchers hope will ultimately lead to changes in Clinical Care.
  • The Clinical track will feature expert inter-professional healthcare providers to interpret the current guidelines, provide case studies and panel discussions to improve competency in managing advanced disease, and address best practices to ensure that patients are receiving the latest in COPD management strategies.
  • The Care Delivery track is designed to improve patient outcomes by addressing how healthcare should be delivered in the current environment. The interactive sessions will feature government, payer and provider leaders highlighting the changing landscape of healthcare coverage, the roles of inter-professional provider teams, the increased emphasis on patient-centered outcomes and the push to reduce hospital readmissions.

Walsh adds, “This important and influential event builds upon the incredible success of COPD7USA and the European parent conference series’ COPD8, and reflects our commitment to improving life for individuals affected by COPD.”

The COPD Foundation has partnered with the University of Nebraska Medical Center to provide continuing education credits to several different categories of healthcare providers.

Click here to register for this event.

About the COPD Foundation

The mission of the COPD Foundation (www.COPDFoundation.org) 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 (www.DRIVE4COPD.org) is a public awareness and education campaign of the COPD Foundation.

Contacts:

CPR Communications
Stephanie Clark, 201-641-1911 x53
sclark@cpronline.com
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