German benefit assessment

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Dec 2017

The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has published its final plan for the benefit assessment of motor-driven movement splints (CPM) after interventions on the knee joint and on the shoulder joint. IQWiG was commissioned with this task by the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA). Two manufacturers and relevant associations had used the opportunity of commenting on the preliminary project plan. Read more

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Nov 2017

Shockwave Medical, the manufacturer of the Coronary Lithoplasty® System for the treatment of calcified coronary artery stenosis, requested a consultation by the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) to find out whether their device requires an early benefit assessment according to §137h of the Social Code Book V (SGB V). The G-BA decided that the technology is highly invasive and innovative and therefore will need to undergo benefit assessment to be granted innovation funding. Read more

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Nov 2017

A manufacturer (PQ Bypass) requested a consultation by the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) about the eligibility of their medical device for an early benefit assessment according to §137h of the Social Code Book V (SGB V). The technology (PQ Bypass Stent Graft System) is a fully-percutaneous femoral-popliteal bypass procedure for peripheral arterial disease. The G-BA argued that the method is not based on the use of a high-risk medical device and therefore does not have to undergo a §137h assessment. Read more

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Oct 2017

German Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) passed directives for co-funded trials to create evidence on two high-intensity focused ultrasound methods that showed potential benefit in the early benefit assessment process in relation to the innovation funding (NUB). Manufacturer refused to cover required contribution to trial costs and thereby risk exclusion of the methods from benefit catalogues in the German social health insurance. Read more

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Oct 2017

The Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) resumes assessments of methods that have been intermitted due to missing evidence: LDR brachytherapy in localized prostate carcinoma and PET or PET/CT for malignant lymphomas as well as for interim staging in Hodgkin's lymphoma. Studies conducted in the meantime are expected to provide sufficient evidence base for the assessment about the inclusion of the methods into the social health insurance benefit catalogue in Germany. Read more

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Sep 2017

After successful trial application by the manufacturer (Okuvision) of a stimulation technology (Okustim), the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) decided on a trial guideline for a co-funded study defining the key points of the planned study, including type and time period of the study, target population and control intervention. Results from the trial will be evaluated and may lead to reimbursement of the method in both, the inpatient and outpatient sectors. Read more

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Sep 2017

Too little evidence was available to evaluate the efficacy and safety of liposuction for the treatment of lipedema in the inpatient sector in Germany. However, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) regards the method as a potential treatment alternative. It, therefore, plans a co-funded trial in cooperation with the manufacturer to create missing evidence with a start in 2018. Read more

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Sep 2017

On 6th of September, the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) released announcement for manufacturers of OCT equipment to notify about their devices till 4th of October before G-BA makes the final decision about coverage of the procedure in out-patient settings within statutory health insurance.  Read more

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Sep 2017

In 2016, Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) commissioned Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG) for benefit assessment of telemonitoring systems in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). In July 2017, IQWIG published a preliminary report. Due to lack of evidence, no benefit statement was made. Read more

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Aug 2017

G-BA started review process for number of procedures for treatment of benign prostate enlargement in 2009. After publication of the results of rapid health technology assessment by the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), G-BA was able to come to the conclusion in June 2017 about efficacy and safety of the thulium laser resection of prostate are well documented and procedure can be covered within statutory health insurance in Germany. Read more

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Jun 2017

In March 2017, G-BA approved two additional indications for application of PET/CT for management of neck and head tumors in hospital settings after reevaluation of evidence by IQWiG in 2016. New indications concern decision making about need for neck dissection and laryngoscopic biopsy. Read more

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Jun 2017

Recently the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG) published final report of evaluation extracorporeal shock wave therapy in patients with heel pain. On 31st of May, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) requested manufacturers for notification of their devices for extracorporeal shock wave therapy before final decision will be given. Read more