COPD Toolkit Facility Demographics

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the leading and most costly discharge diagnoses in US hospitals today. Readmission penalties assessed for Medicare patients further increase the critical importance in facilitating a timely and appropriate discharge process for patients with COPD.

AARC has developed a Discharge Planning Process Toolkit created by content experts to assist in framing appropriate discharge planning processes for COPD patients in 6 areas:

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Sleep Disorder Breathing Assessment
  • Medication- Disease Severity Matching (According to GOLD)
  • Aerosol Delivery Device Education

AARC will be seeking the assistance of respiratory therapy departments in the United States to better understand the role of the respiratory therapist, currently processes and gaps in patient resources needed in COPD discharge planning.

AARC would like to find at least 60 facilities to participate in this project. These facilities would have their respiratory therapists utilize this web-based online toolkit on and enable them to view and download pertinent information for their patients prior to hospital discharge.

RTs will be able to access and download the specific materials to facilitate discharge and education for their patients along with the opportunity to pose questions and offer answers in community chat areas (must be an AARC member to access this community).

NOTE: Participating facilities will not enter any patient related materials (or violate HIPPA). They will only provide general information about discharge needs and resources available for patients they are discharging.

If your facility would like to participate, please complete the following Facility Demographics questions and we will load your facility into the discharge portal. And send you a link to the COPD Discharge Process Questionnaire page for your staff.

If you have any questions, please email Paul Miniter ( or Tim Myers (

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