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Cost-efficient European adaptations of global health economic models

Experience with model adaptations in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK

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Reimbursement summary for angioplasty of arteries of lower extremities

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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Publication Digest: Real-world evidence in health technology assessment of high-risk medical devices: Fit for purpose?

MTRC shares the most relevant and impactful publications in the field of market access and HEOR for medical technologies in Europe through its Publications Digest. In a recent publication, Klein et al. evaluated the use of real-world evidence (RWE) by HTA agencies in Europe for assessing the cost-effectiveness of high-risk medical devices. In total, 25 HTA reports using RWE data were reviewed. Authors offered a critical review of the use of RWE in these reports and provided recommendations for improvement.

Authors reported: “25 HTA reports were included that incorporated 28 observational studies of comparative effectiveness.

Half of the studies (46%) took important confounding and/or effect modifying variables into account in the design and/or analyses. The most common way of including confounders and/or effect modifiers was through multivariable regression analysis. Other methods, such as propensity score matching, were rarely employed. Furthermore, meaningful analyses to test key assumptions were largely omitted.

Resulting recommendations from HTA agencies on MDs is therefore (partially) based on evidence which is riddled with uncertainty.”

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