Norway

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Jul 2022

On May 31, 2022, the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health released a draft National eHealth strategy 2023 - 2030 for the health and care sector and launched a consultation period. The deadline for comments submission is October 01, 2022. Read more

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Jun 2022

On May 19, 2022, the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services commissioned the four regional health trusts to follow up on the evaluations conducted as a part of a framework for the managed introduction of innovations “New Methods”. Read more

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Jun 2022

In late May 2022, the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health released an updated version of the National Laboratory code (NLK) system to be implemented no later than July 01, 2022, and associated tariffs for state and private laboratories to be implemented no later than June 01, 2022. NLK system is used for activity-based reimbursement by the Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo) in outpatient settings. Read more

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May 2022

On April 25, 2022, the Decision Forum for "New Method" recommended not to use the endobronchial valve (Zephyr) to reduce lung volume in severe emphysema treatment, as there was no evidence of the long-term effectiveness. The method can be used in the context of clinical studies. Read more

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May 2022

On April 25, 2022, the Decision Forum for "New Method" did not prioritize any surgical procedure in the treatment of morbid obesity. Available evidence in the complete method assessment shows minor or no difference in weight loss, diabetes control, or health-related quality of life when using various surgical procedures. The comparative effect on the risk of early mortality, progression of obesity, and obesity-related comorbidities was not possible to determine. The cost differences are non-significant. Further research was recommended. Read more

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Apr 2022

On March 23, 2022, the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health released an updated version of the National Laboratory code (NLK) system (Norsk laboratoriekodeverk 7280.62) to be implemented no later than May 01, 2022. Thirty-two codes were added, 91 codes have been changed, and one code has been terminated. NLK system has been used for activity-based reimbursement by the Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo) in outpatient settings since 2018. Read more

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Apr 2022

On March 18, 2022, the Norwegian National Institute of Public Health released an HTA report on the evaluation of surgical procedures for obesity treatment. The authors concluded that it is uncertain whether there is any difference in the risk of early mortality and the effect on weight status between different types of surgical procedures for the treatment of obesity. Read more

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Feb 2022

On January 24, 2022, the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health released an updated version of the National Laboratory code (NLK) system and associated tariffs for state and private laboratories to be implemented no later than March 01, 2022. NLK system has been used for activity-based reimbursement by the Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo) in outpatient settings since 2018. Thirty new codes were added medical biochemistry, medical microbiology, immunology and transfusiology, and clinical pharmacology areas. Read more

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Feb 2022

The "New Method" is currently developing criteria for which methods other than drugs shall be prioritized for assessment within the framework at the national or local levels. On January 17, 2022, the project status was presented at the Ordering Forum for "New Method." It was reported that the project would require more resources and time than initially thought. Read more

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Dec 2021

On November 23, 2021, the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health released an updated version of the National Laboratory code (NLK) system and associated tariffs for state and private laboratories to be implemented no later than January 01, 2021. NLK system has been used for activity-based reimbursement by the Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo) in outpatient settings since 2018. Thirty new codes were added in medical biochemistry, immunology and transfusiology, and clinical pharmacology areas. Read more

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Oct 2021

On September 27, 2021, the Decision Forum for "New Methods" decided not to introduce bronchial thermoplasty as a routine treatment of patients with severe asthma. The method should only be used within clinical trials. Read more

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Oct 2021

On September 23, 2021, the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health released an updated version of the National Laboratory code (NLK) system and associated tariffs for state and private laboratories to be implemented no later than November 01, 2021. NLK system has been used for activity-based reimbursement by the Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo) in outpatient settings since 2018. Thirty-nine new codes were added in medical biochemistry, clinical pharmacology, and medical microbiology areas. Read more