Sweden

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Nov 2022

In November 2022, the National Board of Health and Welfare released the Swedish version of the NordDRG system to come into force in January 2023, including the list of DRG codes, names, and cost-weights. A total of 77 new DRGs will be implemented. Key new DRGs were introduced in cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and endoscopy fields, also for breast reconstruction and bone-anchored hearing implants. Read more

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Nov 2022

In November 2022, Swedish Medical Technologies Product (MTP) Council issued a policy of proven experience for medical technology, which complies profession's assessment of how appropriate medical technology is in specific conditions. The policy provides some examples of how the MTP Council acquires knowledge of proven experience and its impact on the MTP Council's recommendations. Read more

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Nov 2022

In November 2022, an annual update of the Swedish procedure coding system (Classification of Health Care Measures, KVÅ) was released to come into force from January 2023. A total of 119 new surgical procedure codes and 98 new medical procedure codes will be introduced concerning cardiovascular, diagnostic imaging, eHealth, endocrinology, endoscopy, ENT, gastrointestinal, IVD, nephrology and urology, peripheral vascular, and others. Read more

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Nov 2022

On October 31, 2022, the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV) initiated conducting a theme survey for technologies used for the diagnosis or treatment of lung or colorectal cancer. Manufacturers of medical devices have an opportunity to notify TLV about a new product related to the theme of the survey. The notification form is available on the TLV website and should be submitted no later than November 22, 2022. Read more

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Oct 2022

Swedish Medical Technologies Product (MTP) Council is currently evaluating devices for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) as part of the Orderly introduction framework, a staged process aimed at managing the national introduction of novel technologies. On September 23, 2022, MTP Council commissioned the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV) to perform a health economic evaluation of five SCS devices. Based on the TLV assessment, MTP Council will make recommendations to regions regarding the introduction of SCS devices and the criteria for use. Read more

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Sep 2022

The Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV) has planned a theme survey on products for the diagnosis or treatment of lung cancer and colorectal cancer to identify products that may be relevant for health economic assessments at TLV. The survey is planned to be carried out in September – October 2022. No further information has been provided yet. Read more

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Sep 2022

On August 26, 2022, Swedish Medical Technologies Product (MTP) Council announced ongoing horizon scanning within the Orderly introduction framework for products that promote the transition to so-called “Close care” (Nära vård). Products of interest should enable diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up outside a healthcare facility, for example, remote monitoring. The Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV) initiated a theme survey, accepting suggestions until September 28, 2022. Read more

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Jun 2022

In June 2022, the National Board of Health and Welfare published the report "Towards a more coordinated cancer screening", which outlined measures taken to improve coordination in the area of cancer screening, and proposals for developing screening programs for early detection of cancer. Read more

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Jun 2022

On May 31, 2022, Regional Cancer Centers collaboration (RCC) updated the national care program for breast cancer. New and updated recommendations concerned genetic testing, molecular diagnostic, de-escalation of surgical treatment for certain patient groups, radiotherapy regimens, and pharmacotherapy. A new chapter was added on breast cancer in men. Read more

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Apr 2022

On April 11, 2022, the Swedish Medical Technologies Product (MTP) Council released recommendations on devices for diagnosing atrial fibrillation via self-recording of electrocardiogram evaluated within the Orderly Introduction framework since 2020. MTP Council outlined that Coala Heart Monitor and Zenicor ECG could be used in certain types of patients only, whereas KardiaMobile, CardioMem CM 100 XT, and PhysioMem should be refrained from use. Read more

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Apr 2022

On March 16, 2022, the Swedish Medical Technologies Product (MTP) Council released recommendations for SpaceOAR Hydrogel and Barrigel used to reduce the side effects of radiotherapy in prostate cancer. MTP Council recommended the regions wait with the use of technologies until more knowledge is available or use them only within the clinical trials. Read more

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Mar 2022

In late January 2022, Swedish Medical Technologies Product (MTP) Council issued an updated version of recommendations regarding gene expression analysis for decision-making on the adjuvant breast cancer treatment, initially published in November 2021. The recommendation to the regions remains the same. The changes were only concerned with the clarification of some facts. Read more