Germany

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Sep 2021

In late August 2021, the Innovation Committee at the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has announced funding of 52 innovative projects on health care research from the G-BA Innovation Fund. Read more

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Sep 2021

On August 23, 2021, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has presented an updated draft version (6.1) of its general methods. The interested parties can submit written comments until the deadline of October 4, 2021. Read more

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Sep 2021

On September 1, 2021, the Institute for Hospital Remuneration Systems (INeK) announced the start of the application process according to §6 (2) KHEntgG (New Examination and Treatment Methods, NUB) for 2022. Read more

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Aug 2021

On August 16, 2021, the preliminary version of OPS 2022 was published. Numerous content updates and new procedure codes concern chapters 5 “Operations” and 8 “Non-operative therapeutic measures”. Also, minor changes were made in chapters 1, “Diagnostic measures” and 3, “Diagnostic imaging”.New codes were introduced in the peripheral vascular, cardiovascular, nephrology and urology, endoscopy, gastroenterology, otorhinolaryngology, interventional radiology, orthopedics, pulmonary and airways, and other fields of care. Read more

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Jul 2021

In early July 2021, two more health apps were introduced in the Directory of digital health applications (DiGAs) at the Federal Office for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and thus became reimbursable. These apps can be prescribed by physicians and psychotherapists and will be reimbursed by health insurers. In total, nineteen health apps are now available at the DiGA Directory. Read more

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Jul 2021

The revised EBM (German Uniform Evaluation Standard) catalog came into force on July 1, 2021. Three biomarker tests in breast cancer, a number of services related to cryopreservation of egg and sperm cells in young cancer patients, new services dedicated to prenatal testing of the fetal rhesus factor, services concerning the delivery of brachytherapy in prostate cancer were introduced. Read more

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Jul 2021

On July 7, 2021, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has launched an online database of method evaluations for conceptually new diagnostic and treatment methods (§135 SGB V), diagnostic and treatment methods in hospital settings (§137c SGB V) and within the framework of co-funded studies (§137e SGB V). Read more

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Jul 2021

On June 19, 2021, two more health apps were introduced in the Directory of digital health applications (DiGAs) at the Federal Office for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and thus became reimbursable. These apps can be prescribed by physicians and psychotherapists and will be reimbursed by health insurers. In total, seventeen health apps are now available at the DiGA Directory. Read more

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Jun 2021

On June 7, 2021, the Innovation Committee at the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has reported that 123 project ideas were received for Innovation Funding of the new forms of care within the new two-stage application process framework. Read more

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Jun 2021

On June 16, 2021, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has opened the submission period for proposals for topics of the health technology assessment (HTA) reports to be developed in 2022. Read more

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Jun 2021

For the first time in three years, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) received data within the framework of the early benefit assessment of new examination and treatment methods (NUB) with high-risk medical devices according to §137h of Social Code Book (SGB) V. This involves seven invasive therapeutic cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, gastrointestinal, and urological procedures. Read more

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May 2021

The application portal for inclusion in the Health App Directory at the Federal Office for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) in Germany has been online since May 27, 2020. The first reimbursable health apps were introduced on the Directory in early October 2020. As of May 27, 2021, a total of 74 applications were received, 51 of which for provisional listing and 23 for final listing. Fifteen applications (20%) were introduced on the Directory. Read more