News and blog posts

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Nov 2021

In early-mid November 2021, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has initiated an evaluation procedure for early benefit assessment for two new cardiovascular technologies (Revivent TC™ by BioVentrix and Trilogy™ Heart Valve System by JenaValve Technology) in heart failure, and aortic valve insufficiency and stenosis, respectively. Read more

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Nov 2021

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new recommendations about add-on reimbursement of medical devices and medical aids from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) in October 2021. More than 20 recommendations were published in relation to the registration, modification of registration conditions, renewal of registration of devices in the List of reimbursable products and services (LPPR). Opinions concern cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, neurovascular and neuromodulation, and other groups of devices, as well as medical aids. Read more

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Nov 2021

In October 2021, the Scottish Health Technology Group released two Innovative Medical Technology Overviews for e-health technologies. The topics were asynchronous digital dermatology appointment service (DDAS) and the Dxcover™ Brain Cancer Liquid Biopsy. Regarding DDAS, the authors concluded that the Scottish health boards should provide more data to allow for further performance and economic analyses of the DDAS. Regarding Dxcover™, the SHTG concluded that it was cost-effective, but further work to confirm its accuracy, effectiveness, safety, and cost-effectiveness is required. Read more

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Nov 2021

In late October 2021, the Treatment Council (Behandlingsråd) published three topics chosen for developing the so-called major analyses (større analyser) in 2022. The selected topics include patient-centered diabetes technology, hand-held focused ultrasound in emergency medicine, and artificial intelligence as decision support for colonoscopy. Read more

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Nov 2021

In August, MTRC launched two subscription services with a focus on all published, initiated or ongoing HTA and reimbursement reports and decisions for medical devices, procedures and IVD tests. HTA Alerts is a global service and covers 56 organizations from 24 countries. Reimbursement Alerts is focused on 14 key European countries. All alerts are tailed to the technologies of interest for each client. You can request a free-of-charge 2-month sample of reporting for both services Read more

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Nov 2021

In November 2021, the National Board of Health and Welfare released an annual update of the Swedish procedure coding classification (Classification of Health Care Measures, KVÅ) that will come into force in January 2022. KVÅ includes two parts – medical procedures (KMÅ) and surgical procedures (KKÅ) divided into chapters based on anatomical principles. In 2022, six new surgical procedure codes will be introduced. Furthermore, structural changes will be made in Chapter V "Operations on the aorta, peripheral vessels, and lymphatic system," introducing two new sub-chapters with 318 new codes. A total of 53 new medical procedure codes (KMÅ) will be added. Read more

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Nov 2021

In October 2021, two clinical guidelines on inguinal hernia developed by the collaboration of All-Russian public organization "Society of Herniologists" and Russian Society of Surgeons and postoperative ventral hernia developed by the collaboration of All-Russian public organization "Society of Herniologists" and Russian Society of Surgeons were released in Russia. Read more

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Nov 2021

In October 2021, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published three new Interventional Procedure Guidance (genicular artery embolization for pain from knee osteoarthritis, laparoscopic renal denervation for loin pain hematuria syndrome, percutaneous endovascular forearm arteriovenous fistula creation for hemodialysis access), and one new Medical Technologies Guidance (DyeVert Systems for reducing the risk of acute kidney injury in coronary and peripheral angiography). Also, two new clinical guidelines were published. Read more

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Nov 2021

Since October 2021, it is necessary to have the unique device identifier (UDI) of the various models and commercial references of the devices currently on the "intra-DRG" list in order to make it possible to collect and transmit the information relating to the use of these devices in health care establishments. Read more

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Nov 2021

In late October 2021, the BfArM (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) has published the final version of the 2022 OPS procedure coding classification. The OPS, together with the ICD-10-GM (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, German Modification), forms the basis for the reimbursement systems in outpatient and inpatient care. Read more

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Nov 2021

In November 2021, NHSX announced projects to improve digital pathways awarded for funding from the newly created Adoption Fund. Funding opportunities will support Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) with initiatives to test out digital pathways across various specialty areas, including gastroenterology, musculoskeletal, and cardiology. A total of 35 applications were successful and will share funding of £6.5 million. Read more

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Nov 2021

At the request of the Minister for Medical Care, the Sensible Care program, launched in 2013 by the Dutch Healthcare Institute, is replaced by the Appropriate Care program in order to improve the organization of medical care and optimize health care costs in the Netherlands. The ongoing 29 projects under the Sensible Care program will continue in the context of the Appropriate Care program. Read more