Pulmonary Rehab May Improve Health Outcomes for COPD Patients

Pulmonary rehab

Humana is educating its members with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) about pulmonary rehabilitation and their options. Health care providers are encouraged to recommend pulmonary rehabilitation to their patients with COPD, specifically following an inpatient stay. Studies show that patients who participate in the recommended number of pulmonary rehab visits see a marked improvement in quality of life and their ability to manage their disease.1,2

Patients who are appropriate to recommend for pulmonary rehab meet the following criteria:

  • COPD diagnosis with limited physical activity
  • Frequent exacerbations (two or more per year)
  • Forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) less than 50 percent predicted

For more information about pulmonary rehabilitation programs, health care providers can call Humana at
1-800-448-6262, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.


1Puhan MA, Gimeno‐Santos E, Scharplatz M, Troosters T, Walters E.H, Steurer J. Pulmonary rehabilitation following exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD005305. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005305.pub3. Link to Cochrane Library. [PubMed].

2Corhay JL, Dang DN, Van Cauwenberge H, Louis R. Pulmonary rehabilitation and COPD: providing patients a good environment for optimizing therapy. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2014; 9: 27–39. Published online 2013 Dec 16. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S52012.