CHEST Original Research

BRONCHIECTASIS

Trends in Bronchiectasis Among Medicare
Beneficiaries in the United States,
2000 to 2007
Amy E. Seitz, MPH; Kenneth N. Olivier, MD, MPH; Jennifer Adjemian, PhD;
Steven M. Holland, MD; and D. Rebecca Prevots, PhD, MPH

Background: Bronchiectasis is a potentially serious condition characterized by permanent and
abnormal widening of the airways, the prevalence of which is not well described. We sought
to describe the trends, associated conditions, and risk factors for bronchiectasis among adults
aged  65 years.
Methods: A 5% sample of the Medicare outpatient claims database was analyzed for bronchiectasis
trends among beneficiaries aged  65 years from 2000 to 2007. Bronchiectasis was identified using
International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification claim diagnosis
codes for acquired bronchiectasis. Period prevalence was used to describe sex- and race/ethnicity-
specific rates, and annual prevalence was used to describe trends and age-specific rates. We esti-
mated trends using Poisson regression and odds of bronchiectasis using multivariate logistic
regression.
Results: From 2000 to 2007, 22,296 people had at least one claim for bronchiectasis. The 8-year
period prevalence of bronchiectasis was 1,106 cases per 100,000 people. Bronchiectasis increased
by 8.7% per year. We identified an interaction between the number of thoracic CT scans and
race/ethnicity; period prevalence varied by a greater degree by number of thoracic CT scans
among Asians compared with whites or blacks. Among people with one CT scan, Asians had a
2.5- and 3.9-fold higher period prevalence compared with whites and blacks.
Conclusions: Bronchiectasis prevalence increased significantly from 2000 to 2007 in the Medicare
outpatient setting and varied by age, sex, and race/ethnicity. This increase could be due to a true
increase in the condition or an increased recognition of previously undiagnosed cases.
CHEST 2012; 142(2):432–439

Abbreviations: APC 5 annual percentage change; CMS 5 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; ICD-9-CM 5
International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification; PNTM 5 pulmonary nontuberculous
mycobacterial disease; SAF 5 standard analytic file

B ronchiectasis is an uncommon, but potentially
serious condition related to abnormal widening
erly clear mucus, can lead to bronchiectasis.1,2 Symp-
toms of bronchiectasis include, but are not limited
of the airway passages. Recurrent lung infections; to, hemoptysis, chronic cough, sputum production,
foreign objects in the airways; and defective lung and shortness of breath. 2-4 Bronchiectasis treat-
clearance mechanisms, such as the inability to prop- ment is aimed at minimizing further damage to the
airways through inflammation reduction, infection
Manuscript received August 31, 2011; revision accepted January 10,
2012.
Affiliations: From the Epidemiology Unit (Ms Seitz and Correspondence to: Amy E. Seitz, MPH, National Institute of
Drs Olivier, Adjemian, and Prevots) and Laboratory of Clinical Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health,
Infectious Diseases (Ms Seitz and Drs Olivier, Adjemian, Holland, 8 W Dr, MSC 2665, Bethesda, MD 20892; e-mail: seitza@niaid.
and Prevots), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Dis- nih.gov
eases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. © 2012 American College of Chest Physicians. Reproduction
Funding/Support: This research was supported by the Intramu- of this article is prohibited without written permission from the
ral Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, National American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details.
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18 by state.8-12 mine how representative the 5% sample was relative to the US as well as associations with diseases such as rheuma.4 per 100. prevalence estimates were not assessed because age is a time- ditions. Materials and Methods Results Databases and Populations The study population included . We assessed potential bias resulting from this case defini- use of CT scans has been increasing.8 Other studies have general US census population aged  65 years in 2000 to deter- also shown high rates for women and older adults. and some patients may Medicare beneficiary (e-Appendix 1). Age-specific period CT scans are being ordered for a variety of con. population.14 Bronchiectasis.1 (Environmen- increased opportunity for detecting incidental findings. This record included count variables to indicate the number of claims with bronchiectasis. such as rheumatoid arthritis and nontuberculous myco- provide an optimal resource for studying bronchi. race.3. The 1 month from 2000 through 2007.3 Treat. prevention.0 (bronchiectasis without acute found an increasing trend in bronchiectasis-associated exacerbation). include annual demographic and enrollment information for each ment is usually long term. Bronchiectasis claims were identified by International toid arthritis and humoral immunodeficiencies. use data set is not linkable to identifying information. only one prior and trends of bronchiectasis and to describe comorbid condi- tions and geographic patterns over the 8-year period. diagnostic capacity for detecting previously unrecog.14 and the Medi. leaving open questions of generalizability and con. Additionally. and (3) no enroll- of bronchiectasis in Hong Kong was found to be ment in a health maintenance organization.000 adults. (2) aged  65 years. age.6 The hospital admission rate year were met: (1) residency within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. To describe the most common conditions associated with bron- care Part B population aged  65 years represents chiectasis in this population.publications. conditions as the percentage with both bronchiectasis and the rent study to estimate the prevalence and trends for condition of interest divided by the percentage with the condition bronchiectasis in an outpatient population that is of interest among the general population.15. We calculated age. We used ArcInfo. individual cases were considered if the patient had at least one founders regarding access to care.3 cases of bronchiectasis define the denominator population. individual and each year. Ninth Revision.7 suggesting a high age.1 (bronchiectasis the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research and with acute exacerbation). The denominator SAFs bia were represented. tal Systems Research Institute. Analysis was study estimated bronchiectasis prevalence for the completed using SAS. and racial distribution in the study population to the prevalence in Asian countries. For example. and bronchopulmonary hygiene. Inc) to map the period prevalence such as bronchiectasis. associated hospitalizations were highest among women number of thoracic CT scans. benefit from surgical resection of the lung or lung Data Analysis and Ethical Review transplantation. that study Analysis by racial or ethnic group used the racial/ethnic categories was limited to an inpatient population in select states.17.6 To our knowledge. Because bronchiectasis is a chronic condition. bacterial infection.chestnet. we assessed diagnosis claims among about 91% of the total US population aged  65 years. ficiaries from all 50 states and the District of Colum- tional outpatient health-care providers. version 9.20 We calculated the prevalence ratio for these ectasis in the United States. and 494. sex.chestnet. and CT scan use (e-Appendix 1). Medicare bene- carrier SAFs contain claims-level information from noninstitu.3.org CHEST / 142 / 2 / AUGUST 2012 433 Downloaded From: http://journal. with higher rates among women was included in the analysis if all of the following criteria in that and older individuals.2 (SAS Institute Inc) statistical United States. 494.publications. 2 million unique We analyzed a 5% sample of the carrier and the denominator individuals enrolled in Medicare Part B for at least standard analytic files (SAFs) obtained from CMS. The 5% sam- ple was randomly selected from all carrier claims by CMS.and sex-specific annual prevalence of Because prior studies reported a high prevalence of bronchiectasis and used Poisson regression to determine signifi- cance of annual trends from 2000 to 2007 (e-Appendix 1).8. We undertook the cur. This study was not representative of the US population most affected by considered human subject research by the National Institutes of Health Office of Human Subjects Protection because the limited- this condition.19 people with bronchiectasis (e-Appendix 1). the primary or secondary claim of bronchiectasis in the time period of interest. software. 60 years. However.3. bronchiectasis among older people6. if more thoracic and constructed a multivariate logistic regression model to assess race. We used the Medicare Denominator database to mated a prevalence of 52. An individual’s annual record per 100.000 people in 1990. The demographic distribution journal.16 and the tion by comparing overall demographics and specific outcomes observed increase in bronchiectasis could reflect to those that would result from a case definition of at least two an artifact of increased CT scan use with improved bronchiectasis claims (e-Appendix 1). We calculated 8-year prevalence estimates from 2000 to 2007 nized bronchiectasis.org/pdfaccess.5. this increased scanning would result in an dependent variable. sex.13 Classification of Diseases.6.2 The current prevalence of bronchiectasis is not We analyzed claims from 2000 to 2007 to estimate prevalence well described. and comorbid conditions of interest. A single summary record was created for each hospitalizations from 1993 to 2006. and people aged . sex. identifying the most the Medicare Part B outpatient databases from the common primary diagnosis claims and describing the frequency Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of conditions with known or suspected associations with bronchi- ectasis. We compared the 16.ashx?url=/data/journals/chest/24699/ by Emilio Vera on 02/27/2017 . version 9. This retrospective cohort study esti. Clinical Modification We previously analyzed hospital discharge data from (ICD-9-CM) codes 494 (bronchiectasis). defined by CMS.

000 person-years.0. thoracic CT scans. These individuals included 13. and blacks were 2. The APC was similar for prevalence compared with whites and blacks. We identified a statistically sig.and 3. with period preva. 7. 1.000 person-years). Using a logistic regression model containing vari. and women aged 80 to 84 years had 100. 7.21-23 we used the case definition The overall average annual prevalence of bron- of at least one bronchiectasis claim in the period of chiectasis in the physician outpatient setting was interest.971 women between the state with the highest period prevalence (63%).700] cases people with one claim of bronchiectasis and people per 100.467-1.chestnet.36.3% (95% CI.092-1. age of approximately five claims per person during A threefold increased prevalence was observed this period. utilization behaviors.70%-9. CT scans and race/ethnicity.112 claims of bronchiectasis ectasis among women compared with men (OR. (8.58%) and women people who had two to three scans. Period prevalence for Asians was the highest average annual prevalence (537 [95% CI. 1.3%) per year during the same period.0 and 3. respectively (Fig 1).32-1.000 population) and the state with the lowest with two or more claims of bronchiectasis. with bronchiectasis compared with those without Figure 1.2%-12. 1. and an inter. was representative of the entire US population action term for number of thoracic CT scans and race. Within men (9.5.74% (95% CI. Within each of thoracic CT scans.60%) (Fig 4). No clear pattern of clus- sex remained the same (e-Appendix 1). 95% CI. 1. 95% CI. Asians had a 2.106 100. 7.40). 488 [95% CI.org/pdfaccess.6-fold increased prevalence relative to men (Fig 3). higher than for blacks or whites within each stratum 523-551] cases per 100. Prevalence increased with age (95% CI. 370 (95% CI. The APC alence estimates for Asians compared with whites for thoracic CT scans increased by 10. but the prevalence (Montana. we identified a 36% increase in the odds of bronchi- We identified 117.publications. 2000 to 2007. the annual percentage change (APC) of lence among Asians varying to a greater degree than bronchiectasis was 8.121) cases of bronchiectasis per up to 85 years. aged  65 years.10%.79%). from 2000 to 2007 from 22. the relative prev. The demographics differed significantly between (Massachusetts. Conditions identified as higher among people ables for sex.3.296 people for an aver. that for whites and blacks. women had a 1. age group up to age 85 years. 367-374) cases of bronchiectasis per The overall 8-year period prevalence was 1.9-fold higher period from 2000 through 2007. 339-637] cases overall pattern of period and annual prevalence by per 100.583 [95% CI. race.70%. To reduce the tering by geographic region at the state level was evi- possibility of bias due to differences in health-care dent (Fig 2).000 population).80%-9. Overall.to nificant interaction between the number of thoracic 1. Bronchiectasis period prevalence by sex and race/ethnicity among people with two or three thoracic CT scans. Among people with one representing a significant increase in bronchiectasis CT scan.ashx?url=/data/journals/chest/24699/ by Emilio Vera on 02/27/2017 .000 people. 8. 434 Original Research Downloaded From: http://journal.64%-10. 95% CI. 1.

Map of bronchiectasis period prevalence. Figure 2.chestnet. we further identi. bronchiectasis from the initial screening of all claims (PNTM). In a focused comparison with conditions suspected The prevalence ratio of PNTM among individuals with to be associated with bronchiectasis. Average annual prevalence of bronchiectasis by age and sex. cough. bronchiectasis compared with those without bronchi- fied pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial disease ectasis was twofold greater among women than men.chestnet. as each having an increased prevalence among peo- ness of breath. 2000 to 2007. 2000 to 2007.publications. rheumatoid arthritis.publications. ple with bronchiectasis in both men and women. Figure 3. and other respiratory distress. and lung malignancies were acute bronchitis. unspecified pneumonia.ashx?url=/data/journals/chest/24699/ by Emilio Vera on 02/27/2017 . journal.org/pdfaccess. short.org CHEST / 142 / 2 / AUGUST 2012 435 Downloaded From: http://journal.

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