Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility are twice as likely to die within a year

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People who go to a skilled nursing facility after being hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are about twice as likely to die within a year, according to recently released findings.

FDA approves Anoro Ellipta

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have approved GlaxoSmithKline's Anoro™ Ellipta™, the company announced. The product is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Two asthma inhalers left gasping for life

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Two asthma inhalers are being phased out, the Food and Drug Administration announced at the end of May.

County not liable for lax workers: judge

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Even if county nursing home workers provide poor care, the county is not liable unless the inadequate care results directly from an official policy or custom, a federal judge has ruled.

New calculation method would reduce readmissions penalties, CMS says

New calculation method would reduce readmissions penalties, CMS says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changing the way hospital readmission penalties are calculated as part of its 2014 Medicare rate update. Potential readmissions penalties for long-term care providers — such as those recently floated by the White House — would likely be based on the established CMS formula for hospitals.

New option for COPD patients possible

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A new treatment may be available for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, following a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel making a positive recommendation.

Daily antibiotic use could reduce COPD flare-ups, study finds

Long-term daily doses of the antibiotic azithromycin helped prevent life-threatening flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study finds.

COPD patients more at risk for other cardiovascular diseases

Individuals on long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have been found to face greater risk of death from other cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.