News and blog posts

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Jun 2021

In late May 2021, the Clinical Coding and Schedule Development (CCSD) working group, which develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England, has published Bulletins 0177 and 0074 with changes to be implemented not later than August 01, 2021. Five new procedure codes related to diagnostic imaging, ENT, breast reconstruction, and gynecology, and nine new diagnostic codes were introduced. Read more

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Jun 2021

On June 16, 2021, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has opened the submission period for proposals for topics of the health technology assessment (HTA) reports to be developed in 2022. Read more

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Jun 2021

In May 2021, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published five new Interventional Procedure Guidance (ex-situ machine perfusion for extracorporeal preservation of lungs for transplant, transvaginal laser therapy for stress urinary incontinence and for urogenital atrophy, electrohydraulic lithotripsy for difficult-to-treat bile duct stones, and permanent His-bundle pacemaker for heart failure), one new Medical Technologies Guidance (UroLift for benign prostatic hyperplasia), and two new Medtech Innovation Briefings (Axonics sacral neuromodulation system for faecal incontinence and KODEX-EPD for cardiac imaging during ablation of arrhythmias). Also, three clinical guidelines and two Medical Technologies Guidance were updated. Read more

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Jun 2021

In late May 2021, the Treatment Council (Behandlingsråd), a new framework for assessing treatments and health technologies in Denmark, started accepting applications for the assessment of health technologies. Read more

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Jun 2021

The Health Sciences Institute in Aragon (IACS) systematically evaluates healthcare technologies and facilitates the promotion of research, effective innovation, and decision-making in health services through knowledge management. Currently, the IACS is working on assessments of efficacy, effectiveness, and safety of intraoperative radiation therapy in breast cancer, determination of preeclampsia biomarkers SFlt-1 and PlGF, treatment of congenital ventricular septal defect by cardiac catheterization, and others. Read more

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Jun 2021

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently developing health technology assessments concerning in-vitro diagnostics in its Diagnostic Guidance and Medtech Innovation Briefing programs. As of June 08, 2021, there are ten ongoing assessments. Read more

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Jun 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 May 2021. Recommendations concern orthopedic devices, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, and neurovascular devices, medical aids, and pulmonary artery pressure sensor. Read more

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Jun 2021

In May 2021, NICE published an impact report on diagnostic pathology, which provides an uptake analysis of several NICE-recommended pathology diagnostics, including high-sensitivity troponin tests, placental growth factor (PIGF)-based tests for suspected pre-eclampsia, faecal immunochemical test (FIT) for colorectal cancer, and others. Read more

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Jun 2021

In May 2021, the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) published a report on next-generation sequencing (NGS) for molecular diagnosis and selection of therapeutic targets in oncological diseases. The studies identified present favorable results on the diagnostic efficacy of the NGS-based gene panels; the evidence on the clinical effectiveness of NGS panels remains limited. The authors emphasize the need for further studies. Read more

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Jun 2021

For the first time in three years, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) received data within the framework of the early benefit assessment of new examination and treatment methods (NUB) with high-risk medical devices according to §137h of Social Code Book (SGB) V. This involves seven invasive therapeutic cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, gastrointestinal, and urological procedures. Read more

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Jun 2021

On May 19, 2021, Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) issued a review of spread and adoption approaches for innovations in the health sector. The study highlights the complexity of spread work, the diversity of approaches, the influential factors and provides recommendations for the future. Read more

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Jun 2021

In 2013, Norway established a framework, “New Method,” for the introduction of innovations into the health care system through either a national or hospital-based health technology assessment. In this framework, all innovations should undergo HTA before being funded. As of June 7, 2021, five HTAs of in-vitro diagnostics are in progress. Read more