Access to spacers and peak flow meters among medicaid patients with asthma

James S. Magee, Stacie M. Jones, Mark E. Ayers, William Golden, Perla A. Vargas

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Asthma morbidity and mortality have increased at alarming rates. Morbidity is significantly higher among minorities and low-income populations. The purpose of this study was to survey pharmacies licensed to provide both asthma medications and durable medical equipment (DME) to evaluate their acceptance of Medicaid as payment for spacers and peak flow meters in patients with Medicaid. Twenty-four pharmacies were identified and completed a telephone survey. Only 64% of the pharmacies licensed to accept Medicaid for DME provide this service. We postulate that improving DME licensing and claims reimbursement will impact medication compliance, as well as asthma morbidity and mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-691
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Adherence
  • Asthma guidelines
  • Barriers
  • Compliance
  • High-risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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