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ICD Code: 493. Asthma



ICD Code: 493. Article Review
Title: Sarpong EM et al; "Asthma Medication Use among Children with Reported Treatment for Asthma, United States, 2007-2008." Medical Expenditure Panel Survey; Statistical Brief No.340; 9/11; p1
      STUDY DESIGN: This Statistical Brief examines controller and reliever use across groups of children defined by race/ethnicity, sex, income, health insurance status, and Census region using data from the 2007 and 2008 Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC). MEPS-HC is a nationally representative longitudinal survey that collects detailed information on health care utilization and expenditures, health insurance, and health status, as well as a wide variety of social, demographic, and economic characteristics for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population. The present estimates are based on samples of children younger than 18 years of age with reported treatment for asthma (ICD-9-CM code 493) during 2007 and 2008. Reported treatment for asthma denotes the use of any health services such as home health, inpatient hospital stays, outpatient, office-based, emergency room visits, and prescribed medicines during the year.
      TREATED RATE: About 6.1% of U.S. children were reported to have received treatment for asthma in 2007-2008. Overall, the average annual proportion of children with reported treatment for asthma who used the major classes of asthma medications in 2007-2008 are as follows: 58.3% used controllers, 69.3% used relievers, and 8.7% used oral corticosteroids to manage their asthma.
      During the period 2007-2008, non-Hispanic white/other children were more likely (66.7%) than either Hispanic children (46.6%) or non-Hispanic black children (41.5%) to use controllers. Non-Hispanic white/other children were less likely (23.7%) than non-Hispanic black children (42.2%) and Hispanic children (41.3%) to use relievers only to treat their asthma. Among children with reported treatment for asthma, boys were more likely (61.5%) than girls (53.3%) to use controllers to treat their asthma in 2007-2008.
      Among children with reported treatment for asthma, those in poor/near-poor families (47.1%) and those in low income families (45.6%) were less likely than those in middle income families (63.2%) and those in high income families (69.6%) to use controllers in 2007-2008. Children in poor/near poor families were more likely (38.8%) than children in middle-income families (28.6%) to use relievers only to treat their asthma.
      Among children with reported treatment for asthma, those with any private insurance were more likely (64.9%) than those with public coverage only (46.8%) to use controllers in 2007-2008. Children with public insurance only (37.0%) were more likely than children with any private insurance (26.5%) to use relievers only to treat their asthma.

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