As workplace wellness programs become more common among US employers, benefit managers and their wellness vendors are uniquely positioned to help promote early diagnosis and treatment of COPD, says John Walsh, co-founder and president of the COPD Foundation. Walsh was part of a panel discussion at the 19th annual National Business Coalition on Health conference in Washington.

Panelists say employers can take the first steps toward reducing the prevalence of COPD among their own workforce by incorporating certain diagnostic questions in their wellness-related health risk assessments and biometric screenings, as well as providing educational classes and resources designed to promote COPD prevention.