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Reimbursement summary for angioplasty of arteries of lower extremities

This post presents an extract from our reimbursement analysis for angioplasty of arteries lower extremities using plain and drug-coated balloons (DCBs) for peripheral artery disease in England, France and Germany. Plain balloon angioplasty is reimbursement via DRG solely and DCBs are reimbursement via combination of DRG and add-on reimbursement.
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Endobronchial valve (Zephyr system) received negative coverage decision in Norway

25 May 2022

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.

The endobronchial valve (Zephyr system) for reduction of lung volume in emphysema treatment was evaluated within the "New Method" framework since 2017. In February 2022, the method assessment phase was completed, and the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) report was published.

On April 25, 2022, the Decision Forum for "New Method" made the following conclusions:

  • Endobronchial valve (Zephyr) for reduction of lung volume in severe emphysema treatment is not recommended;
  • There is no evidence of the long-term effectiveness of Zephyr and, therefore, significant uncertainty about the overall effect on health benefits and costs in one year and more after treatment;
  • Further research is needed. The method can be used within clinical studies.

See the full details in Norwegian here.

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