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Jul 2024

The revised EBM catalog for the third quarter of 2024 published in Germany

On July 2, 2024, the revised EBM (German Uniform Evaluation Standard) catalog for the third quarter of 2024 was published. The changes introduced mainly concern updating the content of several EBM sections with the respective comments and/or clarifications and introducing the new EBM codes for several companion diagnostics tests, for follow-up and evaluation of the “Kranus Lutera” health app, and for the services provided within the co-funded study on bronchoscopic lung volume reduction in severe pulmonary emphysema using thermal ablation (rp-RL BTVA).
Jul 2024

Updates in the Spanish Common Package of Benefits

On June 19, 2024, the Order SND/606/2024, of June 13, came into force. This Order, among other things, amends Annexes I, II, III, VI, and VII of Royal Decree 1030/2006, of September 15, which establishes the Common Package of Benefits of the National Health System and the procedure for its update. The changes mostly concern in-vitro diagnostics, ENT, pulmonary and airways, cardiovascular, and some other fields.
Jul 2024

Permanent reimbursement for next-generation sequencing (NGS) in oncology launched in Belgium

On July 1, 2024, the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI/RIZIV) introduced a new agreement (Convention), which allows permanent reimbursement for molecular biology tests by next-generation sequencing (NGS) in oncology and hemato-oncology. The tests were reimbursed temporarily in the context of the pilot Convention from 2019. Fifty-one new pseudo-nomenclature codes with tariffs were introduced. The pseudocode descriptions specify the indication, while certain biomarkers and reimbursement conditions are mentioned as notes to the code.
Jul 2024

Med Tech-related health technology assessments from NIHR in June 2024

In June 2024, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) in England released three MedTech-related assessments in its Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Journal, which concerned management for non-acute anterior cruciate ligament injury, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and antenatal/newborn screening programs. HTA Journal publishes research reports on the effectiveness, costs, and broader impact of health technologies for those who use, manage, and provide care in the NHS and informs National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance.
Jul 2024

HTAs in Finland in June 2024

In June 2024, the Finnish Coordinating Center for Health Technology Assessment announced that two rapid hospital assessments in the extracorporeal treatments and endoscopy fields and one Digi-HTA were accomplished.
Jul 2024

Recommendations about add-on reimbursement for medical devices in France in June 2024

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 June 2024. Twelve recommendations were published concerning the registration of medical devices or modification of registration conditions/extension of indications for the medical devices in the List of Reimbursable Products and Services (LPPR). Opinions concern cardiovascular and endocrine devices, as well as medical aids.
Jul 2024

Rapid HTAs of four medical devices released in Tuscany

The HTA body of the Tuscany Regional Healthcare issues three types of documents: full HTA reports, rapid HTA reports, and motivational forms. With regional decree 13540 of June 18, 2024, Tuscany Regional Healthcare published two new assessments and two reassessments of medical devices in the endoscopy, peripheral vascular, and ICU/OR areas.
Jun 2024

A regular update of the Danish SKS coding system from July 2024

The Danish Health Data Authority quarterly updates the Health Care Classification System (SKS). The updated version was published in mid-June 2024 to come into force on July 1, 2024. Six new surgical procedure codes, twenty new medical procedure codes, and nine new codes for diagnostic investigations were introduced concerning multiple areas, including diagnostic imaging, gastrointestinal, gynecology, orthopedics, and surgical procedures.
Jun 2024

Implementation of new Swiss outpatient reimbursement system postponed until 2026

On June 19, 2024, the Swiss Federal Council granted partial approval to the new outpatient reimbursement system, consisting of the TARDOC catalog of individual service tariffs and the flat-rate system, which were developed independently. Adjustments were requested to ensure better coordination and adherence to cost neutrality. The full implementation of the new system is now postponed until 2026.