COPD and Spirometry

Sep. 11, 2020

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 12 million Americans are affected by this chronic disease and millions more do not know they have it.

Diagnosing based on Spirometry and Symptoms

A diagnosis of COPD using Spirometry supports a treatment plan that will protect our members against worsening symptoms, exacerbations and reduce medical costs. Despite being the gold standard for the diagnosis and assessment of COPD, spirometry testing is still underutilized.

NCQA Spirometry Testing in COPD

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recommends spirometry testing for members 40 years and older. They also advise that newly diagnosed or newly active COPD cases receive appropriate spirometry testing to confirm a COPD diagnosis

Educating COPD Patients

Empower your patients and establish a therapeutic dialogue so that a close relationship develops. As their provider, explain in lay terms what COPD means, share educational materials and appropriate risk assessment tools in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

COPD Foundation – How is COPD Diagnosed
ATS Official Documents - COPD
America Lung Association - COPD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COPD


The information mentioned here is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician. Physicians are instructed to exercise their own medical judgment.