Bronchial Thermoplasty for Asthma

Bronchial thermoplasty is a procedure designed to treat asthma that is not well-controlled by medication. Smooth muscle in the lungs is altered by placement of a radio frequency catheter that heats the muscle tissue, which is intended to reduce the likelihood of broncho constriction during an asthma reaction.

Coverage decision: Not covered (Effective date: September 1, 2016).

Bronchial thermoplasty is not a covered benefit. The decision is based on a Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC) coverage determination that was first reviewed in May 2016 and finalized on July 8, 2016. The committee's determination was based on a systematic review of the evidence for safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness. Complete information on this HTCC determination is available here: http://www.hca.wa.gov/about-hca/health-technology-assessment/health-technology-reviews.

In adopting this HTCC coverage determination, the Department has concluded that the determination does not conflict with any state statute. Any coverage for investigational treatment would be considered per WAC 296-20-02850. Any coverage for health technologies that have a FDA Humanitarian Device Exemption status would be considered per RCW 70.14.120 (1) (b).   

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