Patient diagnosed with bronchiectasis:

Confirmed by a standard CT scan, which is characterized by:

a) Daily productive cough for at least six continuous months;


b) Frequent (i.e. three or more in a year) exacerbations requiring antibiotic therapy;


There must be well-documented failure of standard treatments to adequately mobilize retained secretions.

Examples of standard treatments:

Confirmed by a standard CT scan, which is characterized by:

  • Manual Chest Percussion Therapy (CPT)
  • Postural drainage
  • Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) device
  • Nebulized medication with mucolytic

Reimbursement services

Main airway clearance systems prescribed for specific diagnoses, including BE, are approved by payment for more than 1,500 commercial insurance companies and government-funded payers annually.

The insurance submission process can be complex and time-consuming. Patients can ask their airway clearance therapy device manufacturer if they will work with the insurer to:

  • Assemble and submit required paperwork
  • Answer questions
  • Coordinate appeals

In the even that a patient does not have the financial resources to pay for what insurance does not cover, ask the manufacturer about assistance programs and payment plan options.

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