Statement on bronchial thermoplasty

January 1, 2015

Bronchial thermoplasty is a well-studied treatment for patients with very severe asthma who continue to be symptomatic despite maximal medical treatment including steroids, long-acting beta agonists (LABAs), long-acting muscarinic agents (LAMAs), leukotriene antagonists and biologics. The device to deliver this therapy is FDA approved.

The scientific literature supports bronchial thermoplasty as a therapeutic consideration for some carefully chosen patients with severe asthma. Carefully selected patients with severe, persistent asthma who have persistent burden of disease, asthma exacerbations, emergency department visits or hospitalizations despite maximal medical treatment may benefit from this procedure.

Therefore, ACAAI recommends that insurers provide coverage bronchial thermoplasty for those adult patients who meet the stringent requirements.