Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease management program

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, causes your lung passages to thicken and narrow, creating more mucus (phlegm) and making you cough. COPD can include many different lung diseases, but emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common. Doctors use spirometry tests to diagnose it.

Managing COPD

Our COPD management program can help you understand the condition and how to live a healthy, active life with it.

Work with your primary care physician to:

  • Use medicines correctly, whether you're taking a short- or long-acting medicine.
  • Avoid, reduce or get rid of your COPD triggers.
  • Quit smoking.

Have questions? Contact us

To talk with a nurse, call 1-800-392-4247
TTY users call 1-800-257-9980
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET
Monday through Friday

Health checks

Talk to your doctor about these wellness checks every year. You may need some of them more often than that.

  • Update your COPD action plan
  • 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
  • Your shingles vaccine
  • Your combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine

Log in to learn more

You can find in-depth information about COPD in your online account.

  1. Log in to your account at
  2. Click on the Health & Well-Being tab at the top of the page, then WebMD® to enter the Blue Cross® Health & Well-Being website.
  3. Click on Resources in the left navigation box.
  4. Click the Health Topics card.
  5. Click on Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease/COPD. 
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