Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a disease of the lungs. Although COPD may include many different lung diseases, the most common are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Our COPD program is part of our chronic condition management program. We want to help you understand COPD and learn how to live well with it.

Managing COPD

With COPD, the lung passages thicken and narrow, and you experience increased mucus (phlegm) and more coughing.

By following your treatment plan, there’s a lot you can do to live well. You can manage your condition and work with your doctor to:

  • Use medicines correctly, whether you’re taking a short- or long-acting medicine
  • Avoid, reduce or eliminate personal COPD triggers
  • Quit smoking


Member materials

Blue Care Network members enrolled in our chronic condition management programs receive a guidebook and two newsletters during the year. Here are our latest materials:

Health Checks

Every year, ask your doctor about these wellness checks. You may need some of them more than once a year.

  • Update your COPD action plan 
  • Take a spirometry test 
  • Monitor your weight 
  • Get a flu shot 

Also, check with your doctor to see if your vaccines are up to date, including your pneumonia shot and your combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or TDAP, vaccine.

Contact us for help

To talk with a nurse, call us at 1-800-392-4247 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also fill out our nurse callback form.

For more health resources, including in-depth information about these conditions:

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