An estimated 15.7 million adults have been told by a physician or other health professional that they have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Adults with COPD are more likely to be unable to work and have diminished activities of daily living. They also have increased comorbid conditions, difficulty walking or climbing stairs, or need special equipment to manage health problems compared with adults without COPD. COPD is the 3rd most common cause of death in the US, just behind cancer and heart disease. Despite significant local and national efforts to reduce the burden of COPD, recent data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample and Nationwide Emergency Department Sample has revealed that total hospitalizations and emergency department visits for COPD over the past decade have continued to increase. However, COPD is listed as one of the conditions in which hospitalizations are preventable to some degree.
Hospital Medicine Summit (HMS) is an innovative, multi-topic educational initiative designed specifically for hospital-based healthcare providers (hospitalists, internal medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and nurses). With significant changes occurring in the healthcare system, there is an increased demand on hospital-based healthcare providers to provide care that impacts patients not only in the acute setting, but as they transition back into the community and are managed in the chronic-care healthcare system.