Apr 2020

Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) has introduced two new service codes for physicians’ teleconsultation regarding COVID-19. INAMI Insurance Committee established a reimbursement fee of €20. Read more


Mar 2020

On 22 January 2020, the consultation on proposals for a national tariff for 2020/21 closed. However, the release of the 2020/21 tariff has been postponed due to the NHS response to COVID-19. NHS will report publishing details at the earliest opportunity. Read more


Mar 2020

On March 4, 2020, the List of Analyses (AL/EA) and the Services Ordinance (KLV/OPre) were updated in Switzerland. On April 1, 2020, the KLV/OPre, the AL/EA, and the List of Medical Aids (MiGel/EMAp) will be updated in Switzerland. Read more


Mar 2020

Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) has issued an agreement document on March 17, 2020, providing principles for billing and funding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Detection Tests. Previously in Protocol for Hospitals on March 10, 2020, it was outlined that COVID-19 tests performed outside the National Reference Center for Respiratory Pathogens at UZ Leuven have no specific nomenclature codes, and no reimbursement was provided, therefore, was paid by patients. The new agreement clarifies principles for reimbursement, but the invoicing for the tests still on hold. Read more


Mar 2020

On February 12, 2020, it was announced that the Swiss Federal Council is planning to modify the Health Insurance Ordinance (OAMal / KVV) with the goal of enhancing hospital planning, and unification of the inpatient tariffs throughout the country. Read more


Mar 2020

On March 3, 2020, the Reimbursement Commission made major updates to the SUT. The main changes relate to the increase in reimbursement fees of procedures (reimbursement fees increased depending on the type from 10% to 30%). Read more


Mar 2020

In severe cases of lipedema, the costs for liposuction will be covered by the statutory health insurance companies from January 2020. The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV) have added several new fee order items to the EBM (German Uniform Evaluation Standard) and set the reimbursement. Read more


Mar 2020

The French High Authority for Health (HAS) regularly publishes new decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices. The decisions made in February 2020 concern various types of devices, for example, cardiovascular and orthopaedic devices, diabetes management systems, etc. A total of 6 decisions were made. Read more


Mar 2020

On January 1, 2020, as a part of healthcare reform in Austria, the Austrian health insurance fund (Die Österreichische Gesundheitskasse (ÖGK)) was created by merging the nine former regional health insurance funds. The ÖGK is based in Vienna. Read more


Mar 2020

The “Subsidy for promising care” scheme makes it possible to obtain temporary financing for care that looks promising but is not yet reimbursed from the basic health insurance package. The deadline to apply for funding via this scheme is April 7, 2020. Read more


Mar 2020

In late 2019, the Nomenclature was updated. The update brought changes regarding the creation of new codes, deletion of codes, modification of existing codes, and the addition of new reimbursement conditions in the fields of dentistry, ophthalmology (including new codes for optical coherence tomography) and others. Read more


Feb 2020

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development (CCSD) group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. New procedure codes concern repair of femoral hernia requiring removal of previously inserted mesh, transurethral non-ablative radiofrequency of bladder, minimally invasive mitral valve repair, two-stage revision of total hip replacement for infection and others. The codes are introduced with a recommended adoption date being the 1st of May 2020. The document also contains a list of textual changes in codes, unacceptable combinations, and inactivated codes. There were no changes to the CCSD Schedule of Diagnostic Tests. Read more