Belgium

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Oct 2022

Rehabilitation before or after a primary knee or hip replacement using a health app is temporarily reimbursed in Belgium under a specific agreement with the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV). Reimbursement was limited to patients participating in the clinical study. From October 01, 2022, all patients eligible for rehabilitation before and after a primary knee or hip replacement will receive it using a health app in combination with a certain minimum number of classic face-to-face physiotherapy sessions. Certain health apps must be included in the list of reimbursable mobile applications. For now, only one app (MoveUP Coach) is included. Read more

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Sep 2022

On August 01, 2022, Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) launched a new reimbursement framework for remote medical consultations. The Nomenclature was changed accordingly: a new article 37, “Remote care,” was introduced with four new codes and fees for video and telephone consultations by physicians. Read more

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Aug 2022

In July 2022, Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) announced the extension of temporary reimbursement for gene expression profile (GEP) testing for early-stage breast cancer detection until December 31, 2022, and for molecular biology tests by next-generation sequencing (NGS) until June 30, 2023. Read more

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Jul 2022

On June 17, 2022, INAMI announced the launch of a new reimbursement framework for remote medical consultations from August 01, 2022. The reimbursement for remote consultations was first introduced during the COVID-19 crisis via "teleconsultation" codes, which will now be terminated and replaced by other Nomenclature codes for telephone and video consultations. Physicians will receive a higher fee for video consultations. Read more

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Jun 2022

On June 01, 2022, the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) updated tariffs for the APR-DRG system. No changes in DRG logic were made, and no new DRGs were implemented. Read more

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Jun 2022

On May 25, 2022, the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) published an updated List of reimbursable devices that came into force on June 01, 2022. A total of 12 new codes with the corresponding conditions of reimbursement were added to the List, which concerned sacral neurostimulation in fecal incontinence treatment, soft tissue markers, and osteosynthesis devices. Read more

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May 2022

MoveUP is the first digital health app that has reached the level 3 level on the Mhealth validation pyramid. This means that the app is now reimbursed in Belgium. Read more

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Mar 2022

The Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE) initiated a study aimed at defining a clear and transparent procedure for the evaluation of digital health technologies in Belgium. Read more

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Mar 2022

A new temporary reimbursement framework for remote consultations is planned to be implemented in Belgium in spring 2022. Read more

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Feb 2022

Since 2019, several low-cost and simple procedures in Belgium have been reimbursed not via individual INAMI fees but APR-DRG groups. This funding system is called “Low Variability Care”. On January 26, 2022, the list of APR-DRG groups and corresponding reimbursement amounts for 2022 was published. Read more

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Feb 2022

At the beginning of January 2022, the INAMI published a convention for 2022-2023 related to the financing of dialysis. The convention regulates the modalities of reimbursement for dialysis of patients with chronic renal failure. Read more

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Jan 2022

On December 17, 2021, the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE) published a health services research report “Evidence gaps for drugs and medical devices at market entry in Europe and potential solutions”. In this report, KCE examined the lack of comparative evidence health technology assessment (HTA) agencies and payers face in evaluating new medicinal products and high-risk medical devices at market entry. Read more