Med Tech-related technology assessments and clinical guidelines from NICE in September 2018

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Nov 2018

Interventional Procedure Guidance is developed for most of the novel interventional procedures entering the English market. The program focuses solely on the clinical evidence. Recommendations may vary from ‘for research only’ to ‘for use with standard arrangements for clinical governance, consent, and audit.' Recommendations are not binding, although they are followed by providers and commissioners.

In September NICE published two new Interventional Procedure Guidance:

  • Interventional Procedure Guidance Transurethral water jet ablation for lower urinary tract symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia, which covers evidence-based recommendations on injecting a high-speed jet of water into the prostate to destroy some of the tissue for lower urinary tract symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia in adults. The evidence on transurethral water jet ablation for lower urinary tract symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia raises no major safety concerns. The evidence on efficacy is limited in quantity. Therefore, this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent, and audit or research.
  • Interventional Procedure Guidance Intravesical microwave hyperthermia and chemotherapy for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer, which covers evidence-based recommendations on using microwaves to improve the effect of the chemotherapy given directly into the bladder for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer in adults. The evidence on the safety of intravesical microwave hyperthermia and chemotherapy for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer shows there are well-recognised adverse events. Current evidence on its efficacy is limited in quality. Therefore, this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent, and audit or research.

Medical technologies guidance evaluates new, innovative medical devices and diagnostics. It looks at medical technologies that deliver treatment, like those implanted during surgical procedures, give greater independence to patients or detect or monitor medical conditions.

Medical technologies guidance Neuropad for detecting preclinical diabetic peripheral neuropathy covers evidence-based recommendations on Neuropad that detects sub-normal sweating in patients with diabetes. The clinical importance of this in current NHS care pathways is poorly defined. There is insufficient evidence to support the use of Neuropad in patients in whom 10 g monofilament testing for diabetic peripheral neuropathy is not possible. Cost modelling is uncertain because of the limited clinical-effectiveness evidence.

MedTech Innovation Briefing is the NICE's advice program for innovative technologies. It provides an overview of clinical effectiveness, safety and cost. It does not offer a formal guidance, and it, therefore, does not provide any recommendations.

Two new Medtech Innovation Briefings for The Vest for delivering high-frequency chest wall oscillation in people with complex neurological needs (delivery of high-frequency chest wall oscillation for clearing airways in adults and children with complex neurological needs, such as cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and OxyMask for delivering oxygen therapy (it can be used for delivering oxygen therapy) have been published in September.

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Nov 2018

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Oct 2018

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Oct 2018

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Oct 2018

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Oct 2018

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Oct 2018

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Sep 2018

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Sep 2018

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Sep 2018

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Sep 2018

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Sep 2018

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Sep 2018

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Sep 2018

Emilia Romagna Region published a rapid assessment report on the Medtronic’s Heli-FX™ EndoAnchor™ system. The authors concluded that published literature is of poor quality (mainly non-comparative studies) and mostly includes patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm. Data on the use of the device for thoracic aorta aneurysm repair are extremely limited.

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Sep 2018

In mid-July 2018, the Health Service of the Canary Islands, SESCS, has published a report in which they have assessed the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the endoscopic ablation by radiofrequency in antral gastropathy and Actinic proctitis.

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Sep 2018

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Aug 2018

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Aug 2018

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Aug 2018

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Aug 2018

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Aug 2018

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Aug 2018

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Aug 2018

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Aug 2018

On 6th of July, 2018, the European network for health technology assessment, EUnetHTA, has opened the public consultation on ‘Horizon Scanning, Topic Identification, Selection and Prioritisation for European Cooperation on HTA – Draft recommendations.’

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Aug 2018

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Aug 2018

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Aug 2018

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Aug 2018

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Jul 2018

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Jul 2018

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Jul 2018

On the 14th of May of 2018, Norwegian RHF Decision Forum (Beslutningsforum) has recommended usage of the Flash Glucose Monitoring system - Freestyle Libre for the treatment and follow-up of children (less than 18 years) with type 1 diabetes and other types of diabetes.

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Jul 2018

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Jul 2018

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Jul 2018

Two mini-method assessments regarding brachytherapy for esophageal cancer and targeted gene deep-sequencing panels were initiated by Oslo University Hospital in May of 2018. All finalized mini-method assessments are published in the National Database for Mini-HTA.

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Jul 2018

Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) conducted a full health technology assessment (HTA) of Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) using 177Luthetium (177Lu-PRRT) on the request from payers (“New methods” framework for introduction of innovations in Norway).

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Jun 2018

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute (LBI-HTA), the Austrian HTA body, develops health technology assessments of medical technologies to support decision-making about coverage of these methods in Austrian public reimbursement system. MTRC summarized the list of reports to be published by LBI-HTA until the end of 2018.

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Jun 2018

At the beginning of June 2018, the Andalusian agency for health technology evaluation, AETSA, has published a meta-analysis on digital tomosynthesis in breast cancer.

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Jun 2018

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Jun 2018

In late May 2018, the Health Technology Evaluation Service of the Basque County, OSTEBA, has published an assessment where they compared the clinical utility (safety, morbidity and effectiveness) of radiofrequency tonsil reduction with that of traditional tonsillectomy and other surgical options for enlarged tonsils.

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Jun 2018

On the 30th of May of 2018, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has published a report regarding effectiveness of shunt treatment for persons with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus, which was earlier commissioned to NIPH by My treatment choices platform with the purpose to find and summarize key findings from systematic reviews about the effects of shunts in the treatment of idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus.

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Jun 2018

On 11th May, the Italian Ministry of Health announced from its website that five new Med Tech-related HTA documents are available for public consultation. See the details in the MTRC post.

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Jun 2018

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Jun 2018

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Jun 2018

European Med Tech and IVD Reimbursement Consulting Ltd. released a report, which identifies and provides an overview of the innovative payment schemes for medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic tests in European countries. The report was supported by the grant from the Med Tech Europe. Access the full version of the report at our web-site.

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May 2018

In the first half of May, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new interventional procedure guidance for percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty for fetal critical aortic stenosis and three new medtech innovation briefings for patient position monitoring system for intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery, 3D/QFR imaging software to assess coronary fractional flow reserve non-invasively and point-of-care tests for diagnosing group A beta-haemolytic streptococcus (strep A) throat infection.

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May 2018

Flash Glucose Monitoring (FGM) is covered care for four groups of diabetic patients who are already eligible for reimbursement of real-time continuous glucose monitoring (RTCGM). This is stated in the 'Flash Glucose Monitoring' assesement of the Dutch National Health Care Institute

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May 2018

NHS Digital has published experimental statistics on patients that have had a procedure for urogynaecological prolapse or stress urinary incontinence including those where mesh, tape or their equivalents have been used

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May 2018

In the second half of April, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one diagnostic guidance on adjunctive colposcopy technologies for assessing suspected cervical abnormalities, four Interventional Procedure Guidance for robot-assisted kidney transplant, nerve transfer to partially restore upper limb function in tetraplegia, prostate artery embolisation for lower urinary tract symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia and microinvasive subconjunctival insertion of a trans-scleral gelatin stent for primary open-angle glaucoma, and two new MedTech Innovation Briefings for sleep mask for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular oedema and disinfecting cap for needleless connectors.

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May 2018

The cardiothoracic surgery report from the 'Getting It Right First Time' (GIRFT) programme sets out twenty recommendations to improve the way cardiothoracic surgical services are organised and delivered in England.

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May 2018

On 26th April, the Italian national agency for regional healthcare, AGENAS, announced that five new HTA documents will be produced for medical technologies during the next months.

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May 2018

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Apr 2018

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Apr 2018

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Apr 2018

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Apr 2018

NHS England has announced the selected technology for the central funding to accelerate access within NHS. These technologies include HeartFlow, Plus Sutures, Endocuff Vision and SecurAcath. This is the second year selection of the technology for the fast track innovation payment scheme in England.

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Apr 2018

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Apr 2018

In January 2018, the Spanish Network of Technology and Services Evaluation Agencies of the National Health System (REDETS), together with the Basque regional government, has published a health technology assessment report on high intensity focused ultrasound in Tremor Essential, developed by the Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment.

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Mar 2018

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. In February new codes for genetic tests and immunological tests for infections were added to the CCSD Schedule.

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Mar 2018

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Mar 2018

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Mar 2018

In the first half of March, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new Interventional Procedures Guidance (laparoscopic mesh pectopexy for apical prolapse of the uterus or vagina and mosaicplasty for symptomatic articular cartilage defects of the knee) and one new Technology appraisal guidance for autologous chondrocyte implantation using chondrosphere for treating symptomatic articular cartilage defects of the knee.

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Mar 2018

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) released the final report on the assessment of benefit for telemonitoring of cardiac implantable electronic devices compared to a standard treatment without telemonitoring in patients with ventricular tachyarrhythmias and / or heart failure. It was concluded that the benefits of the telemonitoring for patients with cardiac failure or heart rhythm disorders with a fast heart rate remain unclear.

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Mar 2018

In January 2018, the Galician HTA body, Avalia-T, released the technical review of The Vivistim® system, an implantable device for upper-limb rehabilitation after stroke. Evidence was found to be very limited to advice on the implementation of the technology.

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Mar 2018

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Mar 2018

In November 2017, the Andalusian Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AETSA) published an evaluation report (assessed within literature review) on the utility of exome sequencing for diagnosed dysmorphic syndromes.

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Mar 2018

In the second half of February, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedures guidance (unilateral MRI-guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy for moderate to severe tremor in Parkinson’s disease and supraciliary microstent insertion with phacoemulsification for primary open-angle glaucoma) and one Medical technologies guidance for transanal irrigation system for managing bowel dysfunction.

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Feb 2018

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Feb 2018

In the first half of February, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new Medtech innovation briefings for a compression bandage for venous leg ulcers and insertable cardiac monitor for detecting suspected asymptomatic atrial fibrillation after cryptogenic stroke, one new interventional procedures guidance (aortic valve reconstruction with a new valve made from chemically treated cow pericardium) and one Medical technologies guidance for Memokath-051 stent for ureteric obstruction.

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Feb 2018

The method was under assessment by the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) previously but the assessment was paused due to insufficient evidence in 2008. The final decision will concern the reimbursement of the method in the outpatient sector. The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) is mandated to provide a health technology assessment (HTA) report to support G-BA’s decision.

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Feb 2018

KCE performed health technology assessment of 3D high-risk printed medical devices. It provides description of evidence concerning efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of the 3D printed medical devices as well as legal issues (requirements to enter to the market, liability, data protection, patient’s rights, traceability, reimbursement, intellectual property rights).

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Feb 2018

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. In January new codes for Anti C1Q antibodies, soluble CD25, umbilical Cord Ph Level and several genetic tests were added to the CCSD Schedule.

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Feb 2018

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. In January new codes for robotic assisted laparoscopic pelvic lymphadenectomy, ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract and eminectomy of temporomandibular joint were added to the CCSD Schedule.

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Feb 2018

In order to decide upon the inclusion of medical benefits into the German statutory health insurance, the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) can commission the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) with the preparation of health technology assessments (HTA). At the turn of the year, IQWiG published its 220th evaluation dossier since its foundation in 2004. G-BA followed IQWiG’s recommendations in 70% of cases.

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08

Feb 2018

In the second half of January, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new Medtech innovation briefings for an amniotic membrane allograft for treating chronic wounds and minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolitholapaxy medium to remove kidney stones, and one new Clinical Guideline for assessment and management of oesophago-gastric cancer in adults.

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Feb 2018

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute – Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) released seven decision support documents in 2017. In these, three technologies were recommended for inclusion into the national benefit catalogue. The rest was preliminarily not recommended for inclusion. HTA by LBI-HTA have indirect but strong connection to decision making about funding by the Ministry of Health.

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Feb 2018

Plasmapheresis procedure has not been supported for application in patients with Alzheimer’s by Spanish Health Technology Assessment Agency (AETS) due to insufficient evidence.

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Jan 2018

EUnetHTA analyzed HTA and reimbursement procedures in relation to pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical health technologies in EUnetHTA partner countries. About 59 HTA agencies and decision-makers provided country-specific information and outlined the process of HTA and reimbursement in 31 European countries.

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Jan 2018

The Andalusian Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AETSA) performed evaluation of transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in patients with acute ischemic stroke. Available evidence was considered as insufficient for formulation of final conclusion. However, AETSA prepared recommendations for evidence generation strategy for this procedure.

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Jan 2018

In the first half of January, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published five new Medtech innovation briefings for in vitro diagnostic test for determining breast cancer subtypes, point-of-care creatinine tests before contrast-enhanced imaging, plasma EGFR mutation tests for adults with locally advanced or metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer, smartphone otoscope and sequencing panel for solid tumour cancers in children .

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Jan 2018

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. In November new codes for allergy diagnostics, diagnostic profiles for certain diseases and detection of antibodies against Chlamydia were added to the CCSD Schedule.

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Jan 2018

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. In November new codes for reconstruction of breast, open adnexectomy, transoral laser microsurgery and surgical correction of hallux valgus were added to the CCSD Schedule.

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Dec 2017

The Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment (OSTEBA) published results of assessments of home telemonitoring on patients with heart failure. This intervention was considered as effective and cost-effectiveness technology. However, further research is needed to specify criteria for better application.

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Dec 2017

A wireless sensor that better detects signs of sepsis in hospital patients, an app to help pregnant women monitor hypertension, and another that directs patients with minor injuries to treatment units with the shortest queues, are among the latest devices and technologies selected to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

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Dec 2017

NICE recommends new tests to help diagnose asthma and a change in how medicines are offered.

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19

Dec 2017

In the second half of November, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedures guidance (for hypoglossal nerve stimulation for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea and processed nerve allografts to repair peripheral nerve discontinuities).

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Dec 2017

The Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre and the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Care innovation have signed an agreement to invest 6 million euros in the pilot project Belgium-Netherlands Funding of International Trials (BeNeFIT) for conduction of comparative, practice-oriented clinical studies which is relevant to patients, caregivers and policymakers in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Dec 2017

Emilia Romagna Region announced the launch of two new series of documents, according to the new regional assessment framework for medical devices developed during 2017: rapid assessment reports and preliminary information reports.

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Dec 2017

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), in agreement with the relevant manufacturers' associations, has drafted a model contract to regulate the conditions under which information provided by manufacturers for the evaluation of medical devices is used by IQWiG and made available to third parties.

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Dec 2017

Emilia Romagna Region published a preliminary information report on the CytoSorb® device, an extracorporeal cytokine adsorber for the reduction of circulating cytokines in the blood stream.

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Dec 2017

Emilia Romagna Region published a rapid assessment report on the cardiac cryoablation catheter (also known as cryoballoon) for atrial fibrillation (AF). The authors concluded that, compared to radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation is not linked to higher effectiveness but presents shorter procedural time.Emilia Romagna Region published a rapid assessment report on the cardiac cryoablation catheter (also known as cryoballoon) for atrial fibrillation (AF). The authors concluded that, compared to radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation is not linked to higher effectiveness but presents shorter procedural time.

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Nov 2017

NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK have teamed up with leading companies from the tech sector to fight against obesity and Type 2 diabetes using innovative digital products.

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Nov 2017

EUnetHTA has published project plan of rapid assessment of TAVI procedure in patients with intermediate risk. Current plan describes the design and methodology of the assessment, list of involved reviewers, stakeholders and timelines of the project. The final report will be prepared till the end of January 2018.

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Nov 2017

In the first half of November, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedures guidance (for total distal radioulnar joint replacement in symptomatic joint instability or arthritis and extracranial to intracranial bypass in intracranial atherosclerosis), one new diagnostics guidance for tests to identify people at high risk of ovarian cancer and four new Medtech innovation briefings.

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Nov 2017

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. New codes were added for trans-oral robotic surgery and joint replacement surgery.

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Nov 2017

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. New codes were added for nitrogen washout test for lung capacity and fractional flow reserve CT measurement.

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09

Nov 2017

The Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment (OSTEBA) published results of assessments of different techniques for biopsy of prostate. In accordance to this report, biopsy with image fusion (MRI and ultrasound) can be considered as a first diagnostic option for prostate biopsy.

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Nov 2017

In the second half of October, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new clinical guidelines (for cataracts in adults and cystic fibrosis), and published two new Medtech innovation briefings for radiation dose monitoring software for medical imaging with ionising radiation and Promonitor for monitoring response to biologics in rheumatoid arthritis.

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Nov 2017

The Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE) performed assessment of use of static automated external defibrillators (AED) by bystanders for out of hospital cardiac arrest. The aim was to inform government, whether current practice of placing AED for public use should be supported or not. No strict recommendations were given due to insufficient evidence for this device in use by bystanders.

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Oct 2017

In the first half of October, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published one new Technology appraisal guidance (for autologous chondrocyte implantation for treating symptomatic articular cartilage defects of the knee) and four new Medtech innovation briefings for PleuraFlow Active Clearance Technology for maintaining chest tube patency, Mepilex Border dressings for preventing pressure ulcers, Thora-3Di for assessing asthma in children and Memokath-028, 044 and 045 stents for urethral obstruction.

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Oct 2017

In June of 2017, the Ordering Forum RHF commissioned rapid method assessment for the Prosigna test. Only when the Norwegian Institute of Public Health receives documentation from the suppliers they carry out a quick method assessment. On 16th of the October, suppliers were requested to submit data to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) regarding clinical efficacy, safety and economics of Prosigna test.

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Oct 2017

On 13th of October of 2017, the Ministry of Health of Poland commissioned Agency of Health Technology Assessment and Tariff Systems (AOTMiT) to assess the benefit of angioplasty of arteries of lower extremities (femoral and popliteal) with drug-eluting balloons.

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Oct 2017

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. New codes were added for ophthalmology, skin surgery, treatment of anal fistula.

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Oct 2017

In the second two weeks of September, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published 2 new and 3 updated clinical, four new Interventional Procedures Guidance (for intramuscular diaphragm stimulation for ventilator-dependent chronic respiratory failure caused by high spinal cord injuries and motor neurone disease, ab externo canaloplasty for primary open-angle glaucoma, high-intensity focused ultrasound for symptomatic breast fibroadenoma), and 3 Medtech innovation briefings (Farco-fill Protect, Caris Molecular Intelligence for guiding cancer treatment and Aptiva for painful diabetic neuropathy).

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Oct 2017

SIRT is not routinely commissioned in England. In 2013 NHS England commissioned an evaluation of SIRT for colorectal liver metastases and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma within registry in England, complemented by systematic literature review and de novo economic analysis (Commissioning Through Evaluation). In July 2017, NICE prepared a final report for NHS England, which was made public on 12th of October 2017.

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Oct 2017

Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a new minimally invasive method for the ablation of tumors. Currently, this method is not used in Norway. The conclusion of mini-HTA stated that IRE should be included as part of the routine clinical practice in the hospital.

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Oct 2017

At the beginning of August 2017, the French National Authority for Health (HAS) published a health technology assessment of systems for remote monitoring for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). The aim of this assessment was an update and clarification of arrangements for the provision of implantable cardioverter defibrillator systems (ICDS) to improve the quality of care for patients with ICD and to promote the deployment of effective solutions in the country.

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Oct 2017

Agreement on the national HTA programme for medical devices has been reached between the central and regional authorities during the last Assembly. The main player in this context will be the Cabina di Regia per l’HTA. The steering committee will produce policy recommendations about the use of the assessed technologies and monitor implementation by procurement organizations. Read about the scope of the framework in our blog post.

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Sep 2017

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. New diagnostic codes cover different indications and analytical methods.

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Sep 2017

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) released results of a re-evaluation of percutaneous volume reduction of the intervertebral disk with a focus on chemolucleolysis. Based on current evidence, chemonucleolysis was recommended for inclusion into health benefit catalogue in Austria while percutaneous nucleotomy and percutaneous laser disc decompression were currently not recommended.

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Sep 2017

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. New codes were added for glaucoma surgery, myringoplasty and transforaminal epidural interventions.

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Sep 2017

NHS Improvement together with providers of pathology (laboratory) services in England determined ways to integrate laboratory services to increase efficiency and reduce cost. The final proposal includes integration of pathology services of 105 English hospitals into 29 pathology networks, which would save NHS up to £200m annually.

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Sep 2017

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) released results of re-evaluation of leadless pacemakers for right ventricular pacing. Due to lack of comparative evidence vs conventional pacemakers, leadless pacemakers were not recommended for inclusion into health benefit catalogue in Austria.

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Sep 2017

In the first two weeks of September, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published one new (for diagnosis and management of endometriosis) and updated two clinical guidelines (for psoriasis and fertility problems). No health technology assessments were published.

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08

Sep 2017

All significant innovations in Norway should undergo either national or hospital-based health technology assessment within “New Methods” framework. Guiding criteria for prioritization of topics for assessments were recently formulated by the administration of the program.

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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.

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Sep 2017

French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about add-on and medical aid reimbursement of medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) in August 2017. They include different types of stents and stent-grafts for multiple indications (coronary, peripheral vascular), mechanical thrombectomy devices for stroke, medical devices applied for treatment of ulcer of venous origin, remote monitoring for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Systems (ICDS).

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05

Sep 2017

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute HTA evaluated EST for GERD and found the current evidence insufficient to recommend its inclusion into health benefit catalogue. Reevaluation is recommended in 2022 when more evidence becomes available.

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Sep 2017

In the second two weeks of August, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published three new Interventional Procedures Guidance for liposuction for chronic lymphoedema, radiofrequency treatment for haemorrhoids, biodegradable spacer insertion to reduce rectal toxicity during radiotherapy for prostate cancer.

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Aug 2017

There is an ongoing process to establish add-on reimbursement for FFR guidewires. Earlier in 2017 two guidewires (Verrata & Verrata More, Philips Volcano; Pressurewire (Certus - Aeris – X), Abbott) received a positive assessment by the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) with moderate improvement vs. standard of care. In June 2017, COMET device also received a positive recommendation from CNEDiMTS (no improvement vs. already recommended devices) only on the basis of data about technical equivalency. This is unusual for brand-specific applications and may be an interesting precedent for further applications.

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Aug 2017

In the first two weeks of August, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published three new Medtech Innovation Briefings for Biopatch for venous or arterial catheter sites, Urethrotech UCD for difficult or failed catheterization and VEST external stent for coronary artery bypass grafts.

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Aug 2017

Since April 2016, procurement of a number of devices, which are reimbursed on top of HRG in England via High Cost Device List, was transferred from local level to the national level under NHS Supply Chain. NHS Supply Chain released a new set of questions and answers to the most common questions from the providers. The document provides substantial insights into specifics of the procurement process.

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Aug 2017

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. New codes were added for video-assisted anal fistula treatment, infracoccygeal sacropexy using mesh to repair uterine and vaginal vault prolapse.

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Aug 2017

In 2017, PAE was evaluated by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute – Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) to define whether evidence for this minimally invasive procedure can be sufficient for inclusion into benefit catalogue. Within this research work, evidence in relation to efficacy and safety of PAE was assessed in comparison to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and open prostatectomy. Based on the results of literature review, LBI-HTA did not recommend PAE for inclusion into benefit catalogue in Austria. LBI-HTA recommended re-evaluating PAE procedure in the 2021 year when new potential evidence is available.

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Aug 2017

In the second two weeks of July, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published one new (FebriDx for C-reactive protein and Myxovirus resistance protein A testing in primary care) and 3 updated Medtech Innovation Briefings, new Diagnostics Guidance for quantitative faecal immunochemical tests to guide referral for colorectal cancer in primary care and three new Interventional Procedures Guidance for laparoscopic insertion of a magnetic titanium ring for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, transcatheter aortic valve implantation for aortic stenosis and hysteroscopic sterilisation by insertion of intrafallopian implants.

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Aug 2017

European Network for health technology assessment (EUnetHTA) is initiating a project on assessment of screening of fetal aneuploidies (trisomy 13, 18 and 21) using non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) in collaboration with Galician Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AVALIA-T) and Italian HTA agency Regione Emilia-Romagna. Completion of the project is planned to be on 30th of January, 2018 and aimed to evaluate effectiveness and safety of prenatal screening with NIPT, and also to assess organizational, ethical, legal issues and patient outcomes associated with this procedure.

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Aug 2017

In the first half of 2017, Galician Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AVALIA-T) published 4 HTAs for medical technologies and procedures including Impella ventricular assist device in cardiogenic shock, microwave ablation for tumors of the liver, microsurgery in limb lymphedema and intravitreal injections. Read high-level conclusions from these assessments.

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Aug 2017

The package will allow small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and test new technologies in the NHS. This could include innovations such as digital technologies to help patients manage their conditions from home instead of a hospital, or to develop new medicines. Access to this funding will also speed up the time it takes to get new technologies from the lab to patients in the NHS.

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Aug 2017

The National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) reviewed indications for number of devices on the LPPR list and made recommendations about structure of the section in the LPPR list.

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08

Aug 2017

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute – Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) has published report with results of systematic literature review of application extracorporeal cytokine adsorption therapy (ECAT) for treatment and prevention of sepsis or systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). Considered evidence was assessed as insufficient to prove that ECAT is effective and safe procedure in patients with sepsis, septic shock and SIRS. Therefore, ECAT is currently not recommended for inclusion into the benefit catalogue.

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Aug 2017

French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about add-on and medical aid reimbursement of 10 medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS). They include microprocessor controlled knee prosthesis, transcatheter pulmonary valve, deep brain stimulation device, kit for self-monitoring of blood glucose and others.

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03

Aug 2017

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. Several codes were added to both procedural and diagnostic Schedules, including procedures for treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis, robotic procedure, insertion of wireless pacemaker.

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Aug 2017

The report aims on measuring baseline incidence and cost of inpatient falls prior to launch of falls improvement initiative of nineteen trusts for 2017/2018 financial year.

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Jul 2017

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute – Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) has published results of systematic literature review of evidence in relation to efficacy and safety of radiofrequency ablation for patients with metastatic spinal lesions. In conclusion, LBI-HTA recommended radiofrequency ablation of spinal metastatic lesions for inclusion in benefit catalogue with restrictions.

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Jul 2017

As of today, 11 Italian regions have specific regulations for health technology assessment. Medical devices are among the most commonly assessed types of technologies. Read English summary of the comprehensive report on HTA in Italy, developed by Agenas and SIHTA.

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Jul 2017

In the first two weeks of July, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published four Medtech Innovation Briefings (Nasal Alar SpO2 sensor for monitoring oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry, Arctic Sun 5000 for therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest, L-Dex U400 for lymphoedema after breast cancer treatment, FreeStyle Libre for glucose monitoring), new clinical guideline for Parkinson’s disease in adults, and updated diagnostic guidance for a new generation cardiac CT scanners.

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Jul 2017

HAS is the key decision-making body in relation to evaluation of sufficiency of clinical evidence to establish add-on reimbursement for medical devices, development of new procedure (CCAM) and clinical biology (NABM) codes in France. Annual report provides valuable insights into evaluation landscape for medical device and IVD tests. MTRC has extracted key facts related to assessment of medical technologies from the report.

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Jul 2017

New version 5.0 of the guidance “Allgemeine Methoden” provides basis for the scientific work of the Institute and its external experts. Multiple changes were made to existing sections, several new sections were added as well. Guidance provides brief overview of assessments performed in connection to benefit assessment for high class risk medical technologies, submitted for the innovation funding (NUB) for the first time.

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Jul 2017

Researchers evaluated care process, access, administrative efficiency, equity and health care outcomes in 11 countries on the basis of published health care statistics for 72 indicators. The best overall performers among European countries were the UK (ranked 1st), the Netherlands (3rd), Norway (4th), Sweden and Switzerland (6th). Germany (8th) and France (10th) were low in the ranking.

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Jul 2017

Recently, CNEDiMTS at HAS issued positive recommendation for inclusion of HeartMate 3 ventricular assist device into add-on reimbursement catalogue (LPPR title III). No added value was established vs earlier version of device (HeartMate II), despite better safety profile demonstrated in the randomized controlled trial.

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06

Jul 2017

An assessment was initiated earlier this year. The Institute will evaluate compliance of dynamic fusion in lumbar spondylosis with the state of science and practice.

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03

Jul 2017

French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about add-on and medical aid reimbursement of 8 medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS). They include coronary stents, portable oxygen concentrators, Urolift device, spinal ganglion stimulator and insulin pumps.

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Jun 2017

The Head of NHS England has announced recently, that England will start a pilot of much deeper integrated care in 9 areas, covering about 7 million people. Integration will tighten up the links between hospital, GP and social care. Integration will be organized in the form of so-called "accountable care systems".

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Jun 2017

In last two weeks of June, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published one Medtech Innovation Briefing (RIDASCREEN tests for monitoring infliximab in inflammatory bowel disease), four new interventional procedures guidance for vaginal vault prolapse and uterine prolapse and one new diagnostics guidance for multiple frequency bioimpedance devices to guide fluid management in people with chronic kidney disease having dialysis.

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Jun 2017

KCE is working now on development of research program for 2018 and proposals for research topics can be submitted by filling in an online form until 6 September, 2017. Proposal can also be submitted by the industry.

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Jun 2017

Assessments were directed by national HTA body AGENAS. They cover renal denervation for hypertension, next generation sequencing in oncology, robotic surgery, sling operation for urinary incontinence and vertebral disc replacement.

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Jun 2017

NHS Innovation Accelerator has initiated process of collection of applications for English innovation funding scheme. Selected devices and technologies will receive add-on reimbursement from NHS England for the period of 3 years. Applications will be accepted until 26th of July 2017.

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Jun 2017

An assessment was initiated earlier this year on the request from Dutch Hypertension Society and umbrella organization of 9 health insurance companies Zorgverzekeraars Nederland. The Institute will evaluate compliance of baroreflex activation therapy (BAT) for treatment of resistant hypertension with the state of science and practice.

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Jun 2017

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. Several codes were added to both procedural and diagnostic Schedules, including procedures on spine and endoscopy procedure.

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Jun 2017

The deadline for acceptance of applications for conditional reimbursement in 2019 by the Care Institute Netherlands (Zorginstituut Nederland) is 29th of June 2017. Conditional reimbursement for the period of up to 4 years can be available for promising technologies, which did not meet criteria for “state of science and practice” in the assessments of Zorginstituut Nederland.

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Jun 2017

In first two weeks of June National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published two Medtech Innovation Briefings (Neo Pedicle Screw System for spinal fusion surgery and device for securing cerebrospinal fluid drainage catheters) and updated two clinical guidelines for head injury and spondyloarthritis in adults.

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Jun 2017

In May 2017, CNEDiMTS at the National Authority for Health (HAS) issued positive assessment of Urolift for add-on reimbursement via LPPR list. Added value was found to be minor in comparison with transurethral resection of prostate (TURP). This assessment provides better results compared to the earlier one in January 2017. Add-on reimbursement might be established within about one year period.

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Jun 2017

NHS England has announced expansion of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme to cover another 25% of the population (Wave 2) in addition to the program, which has already covered about 50% of the population (Wave 1) and which was started last year. NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is the program in England, which connects existing elements of health care system focused on prevention of diabetes and additional element of behavioral intervention for nondiabetic hyperglycaemia into a comprehensive program aimed on prevention of diabetes type II.

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Jun 2017

NCP is a program of centralized procurement of commonly used simple devices in the NHS in England. NHS Supply Chain makes procurement on behalf of all trusts and makes limited number of products available in its catalogue for order by individual trusts. The first products for centralized contracting in 2017 are couch rolls and blunt-fill syringes.

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Jun 2017

Eleven national population screening programmes are implemented in the NHS on the advice of the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), which makes independent, evidence-based recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries. The Screening Quality Assurance Service ensures programmes are safe and effective by checking that national standards are met. Changes in 2017 are related to KPIs for bowel, breast, and cervical cancer screening.

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Jun 2017

Administrators of the “New Method” program, which is focused on managed introduction of innovations into Norwegian system, have initiated technology assessments of 10 technologies and now have requested manufacturers to make submission of clinical and economic evidence.

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06

Jun 2017

HAS published updated program that defines priority areas of work for 2017, including evidence review as part of developing new procedure codes for robotic surgery, endoscopic procedures, and technology assessments of remote monitoring, dialysis, coronary stents and others.

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05

Jun 2017

In second two weeks of May, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published two Medtech Innovation Briefings (collagen paste for anal fistulae and portable pulse‑echo ultrasound device to assist diagnosis of osteoporosis) one Interventional Procedure Guidance for endoscopic full thickness removal of non-lifting colonic polyps.

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Jun 2017

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s Scientific Advice service is launching an online tool to help developers of medical devices and diagnostics understand and generate the evidence needed to show their products are clinically and cost effective. This will help companies prepare for a dialogue with health technology assessment organisations and payers and potentially speed up time to market.

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May 2017

French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about add-on and medical aid reimbursement of 9 medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) in May and April. Among others decision included MRI compatible and recharge free spinal cord stimulation devices, resorbable plates for osteosynthesis.

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May 2017

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG) published final report of evaluation of extracorporeal shock wave therapy in patients with heel. Results demonstrated benefit of the extracorporeal treatment in comparison with placebo, ultrasound and iontophoresis.

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May 2017

An updated form for notification of medical technology to Italian national health technology assessment program has been released in May. Any stakeholder, including industry, can make notification, which will be reviewed and prioritize every six months.

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May 2017

Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU) is working on three health technology assessment projects, related to medical technologies and in-vitro diagnostics, including diagnostics of prostate cancer, diagnostics of endometriosis and surgery for arm fractures in elderly.

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May 2017

In 2016, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) commissioned the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) to perform evaluation of controlled active motion (CAM) in patients with rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament. The final report of assessment was published on May of 2017. No definite conclusion can be made in relation to comparative efficacy and safety of studied technologies due to lack of evidence.

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May 2017

In 2014, Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) commissioned Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) to conduct health technology assessment of different approaches for lung volume reduction in patients with severe pulmonary emphysema. And now IQWiG has published the final report. The main conclusion is that it was not possible to draw any conclusion about relative effectiveness of bronchoscopic and surgical methods due to lack of the data.

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May 2017

The report issued within the framework of Joint Action 3 confirmed superiority of triclosan-coated sutures in reducing the risk of total incisional surgical site infections over non-antibacterial coated sutures. No conclusions were made in relation to the chlorhexidine-coated sutures due to lack of evidence.

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May 2017

European Commission launched an evaluation of necessity to prolong support to cooperation between health technology assessment agencies beyond 2020, when the current EUnetHTA Joint Action 3 comes to an end) in September 2016. As part of the assessment, it launched an online public consultation in October 2016, which ended in January 2017. The objective of the consultation was to collect views of different stakeholders on the future of collaboration in the HTA field.

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May 2017

In first two weeks of May NICE has published one Diagnostic Guidance, two Medtech Innovation Briefings, one Interventional Procedure Guidance, and has updated three Clinical Guidelines.

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May 2017

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. Several codes were added to both procedural and diagnostic Schedules, including multi-panel companion diagnostic test for cancer.

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10

May 2017

This post presents an extract from our reimbursement analysis for angioplasty of arteries of lower extremities with stenting using bare metal and drug-eluting stents for peripheral arterial disease in England, France and Germany. Procedure is reimbursed via combination of diagnosis-related group (DRG) and add-on reimbursement in England and France and solely via DRG in Germany.

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May 2017

National Commission for the Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) positively appraised Verrata and Verrate Plus guidewires for add-on reimbursement via LPPR title V. Level of added clinical value was considered moderate (ASA III) in comparison with management strategy, based solely on angiography data. This decision complements decision early this year in relation to St. Jude Medical’s (now Abbott) PressureWire FFR wires.

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May 2017

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute - HTA conducted a budget impact analysis on request from the Federal Ministry of Health and Women (BMGF) for testing of TSH as screening for hypothyroidism, urine culture as screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria and ultrasound screening for foetal anomalies.

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May 2017

French National Authority for Health (HAS) has initiated an assessment of organizational impact of mechanical thrombectomy on the system of stroke management in France with objective to find the most adequate way of further introduction of the method into French health care system.

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04

May 2017

Check out reimbursement summary for the most established transcatheter mitral valve repair procedure in England, France and Germany. Reimbursement is established in Germany and France (for one indication). It is in process to be established in England and in France (for other indications).

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May 2017

Currently there are 10 ongoing mini-health technology assessments of medical technologies in Norway. After completion of evaluation, decision will be made about funding of these technologies at hospital level.

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03

May 2017

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK issued one Interventional Procedure Guidance, one Med Tech Innovation Briefing and updated two of Clinical Guidelines in April 2017.

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02

May 2017

The Forum of Norwegian payers made decision about introduction of three medical technologies: mechanical thrombectomy for stroke, baroreflex activation therapy for resistant hypertension and non-invasive prenatal testing for detection of trisomy 13, 18 and 21.

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May 2017

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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Apr 2017

Three mini-HTAs were published since beginning of 2017: procalcitonin for diagnostic of bacterial infections, Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for achalasia, and use of the Prosigna test (PAM50 ROR) for decisions on adjuvant treatment in breast cancer. These assessments can support introduction of methods at local hospital level in Norway.

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Apr 2017

Assessment using HTA Core Model framework revealed that technology is safe, but evidence of efficacy is limited.

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Apr 2017

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK issued two Interventional Procedure Guidance, one Medical Technology Guidance, five Med Tech Innovation Briefings and updated number of Clinical Guidelines in March 2017.

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Apr 2017

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) has released report about evaluation of cardiac defibrillation probes and proposed updated nomenclature.

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Apr 2017

Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center issued information about ongoing and planned health technology assessments of medical technologies and IVD tests. They include external cardiac defibrillators, bariatric surgery, OncoType for breast cancer, peripheral drug eluting balloons and others.

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Apr 2017

The procedure will be included into Prescribed Specialized Services. About 8000 patients can benefit from the treatment annually. Other stroke treatments are commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups.

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Apr 2017

A paper comes in response to the European Commission's impact assessment on ways to strengthen the use of and cooperation on Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) at European level. Med Tech Europe proposes five key principles for such a cooperation.

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04

Apr 2017

NICE in the UK has released a consultation document in relation to the TAVI procedure (Interventional Procedure Guidance). Publication of the final guidance, which will replace the guidance from the 2012, is expected in July 2017.

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Mar 2017

NHS England has confirmed number of steps, included into the Cancer Strategy Implementation Plan: investment of 94 million pounds into linear accelerators and building up 10 new Rapid Diagnostic and Assessment Centres.

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Mar 2017

From 1st of April 2017 bariatric surgery will be fully transferred for commissioning by Clinical Commissioning Groups from national payer, the NHS England. English physicians are concerned that provision of surgery will face restrictions by local payers.

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