Those with COPD could find help covering pulmonary rehabilitation through Medicare Part B coverage. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a valuable tool to help individuals lead better quality lives and slow down disease progression. Programs are designed to educate participants on ways to reduce the frequency of flareups and live longer.
The disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a permanent chronic disease of the lungs. Coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling of the legs, and tiredness are all common symptoms of COPD. The disease is usually caused by years of damage through irritants in the air such as cigarette smoke or toxic chemicals. Over time the lungs incur significant damage and begin to develop chronic inflammation. Inflammation then leads to developing excess mucous production which further inhibits breathing. Both emphysema and chronic bronchitis are usually seen in patients with COPD.
The majority of cases in developed countries, such as the U.S., are due to cigarette smoking. There is, however, a small percentage of people suffering from a genetic disorder called alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. Alpha-1-antitrypsin is a protein made by the liver and works by providing protection to the lungs. Individuals with this disease are unable to produce adequate levels of the protein and are left vulnerable to damage that they would otherwise be protected from. Eventually, the damage leads to COPD.
COPD Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The goal of a pulmonary rehabilitation program is to educate and provide tools to help participants optimize their lives. Physical activity is often difficult for people with COPD because they often experience shortness of breath. The program provides help to learn to navigate those times. Supervised exercise is an important part of the program that teaches participants how to exercise safely. By the end, individuals should have a better understanding of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle while dealing with COPD.
Coverage Through Medicare
A portion of the costs of a pulmonary rehabilitation program may be covered by Medicare Part B. Participants will have to cover 20% of the Medicare-approved cost and the Part B deductible will also apply. Coverage requires that the doctor accepts assignment and a referral may also be necessary. Care given in a hospital outpatient setting will require a copay.
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