The revised EBM catalog came into force in Germany in April 2022

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Apr 2022

The reimbursement of services in the public outpatient sector in Germany is regulated in the EBM catalog (Einheitlicher Bewertungsmaßstab), updated once a quarter (4 times a year). The adaption time frame of the EBM catalog for a specific code is around five years but varies depending on the evidence. The latest EBM (German Uniform Evaluation Standard) catalog came into force on April 1, 2022.

The most significant introduced changes concern the introduction of new additional flat rates for the observation and care of patients who are given certain medications, adjustment of EBM reproductive medicine definitions, and inclusion of several new codes for PET and PET/CT.

The examples of the new codes introduced in the EBM catalog:

  • 34704 F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (PET) of the trunk with technical image fusion of a diagnostic computed tomography (CT) if diagnostic CT examinations are available with a tariff of €502.02;
  • 34705 F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (PET) of the trunk with technical image fusion of a diagnostic computed tomography (CT) with diagnostic CT with a tariff of €636.88;
  • 34706 F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (PET) of parts of the trunk with technical image fusion of a diagnostic computed tomography (CT) if diagnostic CT examinations are available with a tariff of €401.64;
  • 34707 F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (PET) of parts of the trunk with technical image fusion of a diagnostic computed tomography (CT) with diagnostic CT with a tariff of €509.57.

The full details in German can be found here.

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