Germany

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Nov 2019

In early September 2019, the Innovation Committee of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has published an overview of new research projects in the area of health services to be funded by the Innovation Fund in the future. Read more

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Nov 2019

On the 19th of September 2019, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) concluded on the possible applications and limits of non-invasive molecular genetic tests (NIPT) at the expense of the statutory health insurance (SHI). The decision provides that a NIPT can be used in justified individual cases and after medical consultation. Read more

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Nov 2019

In late September 2019, the DIMDI (German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information) has published the final version of the ICD-10-GM 2020 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, German Modification). Read more

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Oct 2019

Reimbursement of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for diagnosis and therapy control in retinal diseases will be available from October 2019 via the EBM (Einheitlicher Bewertungsmaβstab, German Uniform Evaluation Standard). Read more

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Oct 2019

On behalf of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA), the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) investigated whether a systematic test of newborns for sickle cell disease (SCD) in Germany would make sense. Read more

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Oct 2019

The insurance company AOK Saxony-Anhalt concluded that patients are much less frequently prescribed an antibiotic after the examination via a rapid test for a bacterial cause of the infection. In more than 40% of the tested patients, the doctors waived the antibiotics prescription. Read more

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Oct 2019

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has launched a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) imaging priority program "Radiomics: Next Generation Medical Imaging" (“Radiomics: Nächste Generation der medizinischen Bildgebung”). More than 8 million euros will flow into the program in the next three years. The program will be coordinated by the University Hospital Freiburg. Read more

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Oct 2019

The fee negotiations for the coming year are over - the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV-Spitzenverband) agreed on an increase in the monetary conversion factor for all medical and psychotherapeutic services in the amount of 1.52 percent. GKV-Spitzenverband and KBV have also agreed to sponsor the video consultations. Read more

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Oct 2019

In order to diagnose pre-eclampsia in pregnancy, two new markers were included in the EBM catalog in early October 2019. The statutory health insurances then will take over the costs for the determination of the PIGF concentration and the sFlt-1 / PIGF quotient. In addition, another tumor marker for ovarian cancer will be included in the EBM. Read more

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Sep 2019

At the beginning of August 2019, North Rhine-Westphalia presented the plans for “Virtual Hospital,” a digital platform that will bundle specialist expertise nationwide and make it more accessible. Read more

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Sep 2019

A positive conclusion regarding the model project “Rhineland-Palatinate breathes through - telemedicine for healthy lungs” (“Rheinland-Pfalz atmet durch – Telemedizin für eine gesunde Lunge”) was drawn by the Mainz Ministry of Health. Read more

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Sep 2019

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has presented its second final report on the benefit assessment of vacuum therapy in wounds healing. The previous final report for vacuum therapy in the wounds healing by secondary intention was published by IQWiG in late March 2019. Read more