Germany

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Sep 2019

Patients suffering from recurrent or long-lasting depression can be treated within a structured treatment program (Disease Management Program, DMP) in the future. The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) decided on the 15th of August 2019 the details on the content of the new DMP after more than three years of consulting. Read more

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Aug 2019

The draft for a “Digital Supply Law,” approved by the Cabinet on July 10, 2019, promotes digitization in the health sector. Among other things, the law should help to accelerate the integration of digital applications into the standard care, to further develop and promote the use of the electronic patient record (ePA), to strengthen telemedicine and to connect more actors to the telematics infrastructure. Read more

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Aug 2019

With the preventive program for pregnant women, "Hello Baby," premature births and infection-related birth complications should be minimized. Now, the program has been established nationwide: 60 health insurance companies offer to their approximately 6.5 million insured since July 1, 2019, the additional tests contained therein. Read more

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Aug 2019

Domestic use of motor-driven moving splints (continuous passive motion, CPM) after interventions at the knee or shoulder joint remains covered by statutory health insurance. This has been determined by the G-BA (the Federal Joint Committee). Read more

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Jul 2019

Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain tumor with a low survival rate, usually occurring in late adulthood. The standard treatment consists of surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has examined possible benefits of tumor-treating field (TTF) therapy - new treatment based on electrostimulation in patients with glioblastoma. Read more

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Jul 2019

The reimbursement for the partial surgical removal of enlarged palatal tonsils has now been confirmed. Thus, contract physicians can bill this service from July 1, 2019. A decision to amend the EBM has been taken by the Valuation Committee. Read more

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Jul 2019

In late June 2019, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) took its first decision on the use of biomarker-based tests. Patients with breast cancer in the early stages, in which the risk of relapse cannot be determined with certainty, can be provided in the future with a biomarker test as a statutory health insurance (SHI) benefit. Read more

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Jun 2019

The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has investigated whether patients suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma have (better) chances of recovery in case of allogeneic stem cell transplantation. IQWiG concluded that the benefit of allogeneic SCT is unclear. Read more

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Jun 2019

Disease management programs (DMPs) should be updated on a regular basis in order to adapt them to the current medical knowledge level. The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has thus researched current evidence-based guidelines on diabetes mellitus type 2, summarized their recommendations and checked the need for DMP update. Read more

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May 2019

The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has signed a further contract for scientific monitoring and implementation of a trial study for NYHA III heart failure therapy optimization by means of continuous blood pressure measurement and monitoring using an implanted sensor in the pulmonary artery. Read more

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May 2019

The report includes all published reimbursement decisions for IVD tests in 2018 in European countries with established frameworks for out-patient reimbursement laboratory tests (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland). Read more

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May 2019

The report includes an overview of funding framework and all (as of May 2019) decisions from ultimate payers and decisions makers in England (NHS England, one CCG), Germany (G-BA), Netherlands (Zorginstituut Nederland), Norway (“New Methods” framework) and Switzerland (Federal Office of Public Health). More than 1000 decisions are included. Read more