News and blog posts

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Feb 2019

In January 2019, the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has selected four medical topics from citizens' suggestions for scientific assessment in the form of HTA reports (depression in children, mHealth solutions for multiple sclerosis, elephantiasis, and pain in endometriosis). Read more

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Feb 2019

In late January 2019, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the ultimate project plan of the project OTCA20 “Prophylactic or therapeutic use of endoanchoring systems in endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR/TEVAR).” Read more

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Feb 2019

In January 2019, the Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Wellbeing of Spain has released an Order by which Annex VI of the Royal Decree 1030/2006 was modified. With this modification, the common catalog of ortho-prosthetic devices is updated with new products (wheelchairs, orthoses and special prosthetics). Read more

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Feb 2019

On January 31, 2019, NHS England and NHS Improvement launched the statutory consultation on the proposed 2019/20 national tariff. The consultation period ends at midnight, at the end of 21 February 2019. Read more

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Feb 2019

In January 2019, the Institute for the Hospital Remuneration System (InEK) has published the of medical devices and procedures approved for innovation funding (NUB). Out of 709 applications for drugs and technologies, 180 (25%) received the positive status 1, and 69 of them were the requests for the medical technologies. Read more

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Feb 2019

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development (CCSD) group develop and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. New procedure codes concern robotic-assisted laparoscopic procedures, 2-dimensional radiotherapy, revision of anti-reflux operations, etc. The codes are introduced with a recommended adoption date being the 1st of May 2019. The document also contains a list of textual changes in codes and an updated list of unacceptable combinations of codes. Read more

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Feb 2019

The report presents a summary of reimbursement situation for implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Both Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D) are considered. Use of ICD is considered for ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. The analysis covers procedure coding, payment mechanism, reimbursement tariffs and policy restrictions in 11 EU countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Read more

07

Feb 2019

At the end of December 2018, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) decided that optical coherence tomography for the diagnosis and therapy control of several retinal diseases will be covered by the statutory health insurance. Read more

06

Feb 2019

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about add-on and medical aid reimbursement of medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) in January 2019. The decisions were made for eighteen medical devices. Read more

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Feb 2019

In December 2018, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new diagnostic guidance (for tumour profiling tests to guide adjuvant chemotherapy decisions in early breast cancer), two new interventional procedure guidance (for transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation for oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults and bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma), and four MedTech innovation briefings. Read more

04

Feb 2019

The report presents a summary of reimbursement situation for open replacement of heart valves (aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonary). Report includes information about two types of prosthetic heart valves: biological valves, mechanical prosthetic valves. Open replacement of heart valves will be analyzed in conjunction with open coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The analysis covers procedure coding, payment mechanism, reimbursement tariffs and policy restrictions in 11 EU countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Read more

04

Feb 2019

In January 2019, the Austrian HTA body Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI) has published the update of their decision support document (DSD) 103, which concerns the wearable cardioverter-defibrillator (WCD) therapy in primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in patients at risk. The authors state that further research is necessary for the development of reliable conclusions. Read more