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Tuesday 11:49 CST, March 31, 2015

Advanced Certification in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Certification Contact Directory

Michele Sacco
Interim Executive Director, Certification

M.J. Hampel

David Eickemeyer
Associate Director

Caroline Isbey
Associate Director

Kelly Quigley
Associate Director

Bridget Chambers
Associate Marketing Manager

Francine Topps
Business Development Specialist

Kristine Stejskal
Business Development Coordinator


The Joint Commission's Management of the Patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Certification Program was developed through a collaborative partnership with the American Lung Association.  The most successful COPD programs possess the following attributes:

  • Staff education requirements

  • The use of spirometry

  • Smoking cessation

  • Risk factor reduction

  • Patient education on self-management of COPD

  • Coordination of care

The COPD specific requirements for this program were developed using:

  • The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2006) 

  • The American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD (updated 2005)  as resources.

The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary  Disease recognizes organizations that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for COPD patients.   

Achievement of certification signifies that the services you provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.  It is the best signal to your community that the quality of care you provide is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of COPD patients.  In fact, demonstrating compliance with these national standards and performance measurement expectations may help obtain contracts from employers and purchasers concerned with controlling costs and improving productivity. 


  • Outpatient and ambulatory care settings (including those that are part of hospital settings) that provide care and services to patients who have COPD.