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March 27th 2015

Article courtesy of www.resmed.com.

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What are the benefits of treating sleep apnea? When left untreated, sleep apnea can negatively affect your energy levels, productivity and mental well-being. It can also have long-term, adverse effects on your heart, metabolism and overall health. Sleep apnea can affect anyone — fit or overweight, old or young, male or female. It can even affect children. A few of the common symptoms are:

• Loud snoring
• Lack of energy
• Daytime sleepiness
• Morning headaches
• A partner or family member notices that you stop breathing during sleep

Effective treatment of sleep apnea has been shown to help alleviate these symptoms, which can lead directly to a healthier mental outlook and improved well-being. If you think you or someone you know might have sleep apnea, it’s important that you talk to a doctor or health care professional. Be sure to let your doctor know if any of the following apply to you:

• I’ve been told that I stop breathing during sleep.
• My family tells me I snore.
• I’m tired all day even after a full night’s sleep.
• I have no energy.
• I frequently wake up with a headache.
• I nap anytime and anywhere I can.

If you think you may have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor.

March 10th 2015

Article courtesy of www.peopleforqualitycare.org.

Since the implementation of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding program, both People for Quality Care and the COPD Foundation have been made aware of the several serious instances where patients have suffered disruption of service and access to DME. Through the official partnership with the COPD Foundation, we will work together to alleviate those issues with a vision centered on better health care policy.

“Our partnership will afford us the ability to jointly collect data on patient access issues to aid conversations with the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Congress about how patients have been impacted by competitive bidding. By collecting patient stories the COPD Foundation and People for Quality Care are demonstrating that, while Competitive Bidding may be saving CMS money it is harming patients across America,” says the COPD Foundation in the official press release.

This is a significant step forward for our advocates. The COPD Foundation is America’s leading organization for persons with Chronic Obstructive Pulminary Disorder (COPD) and a strong voice in Washington.

“It is unfortunate how this policy [competitive bidding] has changed the landscape of health care in the UnitedStates,” comments Kelly Turner, director of advocacy for People for Quality Care, “As we embark on an exciting partnership with the COPD Foundation, we look forward to coming up with strategies to ensure that health care remains local and accessible for Medicare patients.”

View the official release in its entirety.