1384 - Bronchial thermoplasty for the treatment of severe persistent asthma

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Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

Bronchial thermoplasty (BT) is performed in a bronchoscopy/endoscopy suite and takes about an hour to complete each of the three required treatments. BT is usually conducted under moderate sedation. Post-procedure, patients are observed and monitored for approximately 2-4 hours.

Description of Medical Condition

People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers that set off their asthma. Three main factors cause the airways to narrow:
  • The inside lining of the airways becomes red and swollen (inflammation);
  • Extra mucus (sticky fluid) may be produced, which can block up airways;
  • Muscles around the airways squeeze tight (bronchoconstriction).
One in ten people in Australia has asthma (Asthma Australia).

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

Applicant Proposed Protocol for for comment, released 30 June 2014
Applicant Submitted Proposed Protocol (PDF 1293 KB)
Applicant Submitted Proposed Protocol (Word 1976 KB)
30 June 2014 - 18 July 2014

Final Protocol (PDF 1236 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 1916 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 368 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 256 KB)

Meetings for this Application


14 to 15 August 2014


12 to 13 February 2015


1 to 2 April 2015