Swedish MTP Council has decided to evaluate two new technologies for self-monitoring of atrial fibrillation

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In December 2020, Swedish Medical Technologies Product (MTP) Council decided to evaluate new technologies for self-monitoring of atrial fibrillation within the Orderly introduction framework.

This framework aimed to manage the national introduction of novel technologies is working as permanent from the beginning of 2020. This is a staged process, including horizon scanning, selection of the method for evaluation, the decision on national collaboration, health economic evaluation, and recommendations by MTP Council to regions about the introduction of the method and criteria for use.

In Summer 2020, Swedish Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV) conducted a thematic survey in the cardiovascular area as a part of horizon scanning within the Orderly introduction framework, which provided information on products that the MTP Council has now found interesting to proceed with.

MTP Council commissioned TLV to perform a health-economic evaluation of Coala Heart Monitor Pro and KardiaMobile in which patients can register their ECG and send it to a healthcare provider. Other products may also be considered at a later point.

Based on the results of the health-economic evaluation, the MTP Council will then make recommendations to the regions on whether to adopt these technologies or not.

See more information in Swedish here.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including pulmonary and airways technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for pulmonary and airways devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including peripheral vascular technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for peripheral vascular devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

NHSX is working with the market at a national level to create a platform of digital tools like NHS Login that can be built on by digital health innovators.

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Oct 2019

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) regularly publishes new decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices. The decisions made in September 2019 concern various types of devices, including orthopedic, cardiovascular devices, and hearing aids. A total of eighteen decisions were made.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including orthopedics technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for orthopedics devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

In September 2019, Skåne Region released a report for ultrasound in symptoms of the acute scrotum that aimed to understand whether increased ultrasound use could improve the diagnostic of the studied condition. Although no studies investigating the direct benefit of ultrasound in patients with symptoms of acute scrotum were identified, its high precision, sensitivity, and specificity were outlined.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including ophthalmology technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for ophthalmology devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including neuromodulation technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for neuromodulation devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including nephrology and urology technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for nephrology and urology devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including in-vitro and in-vivo diagnostics tests. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for in-vitro and in-vivo diagnostics tests in Europe.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including gastrointestinal technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for gastrointestinal devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

In September 2019, Regional Methods Council of South East healthcare region released a report where compared the prostate artery embolization (PAE) for benign prostatic hyperplasia with the transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). It was outlined that costs and the need for blood transfusions for PAE are lower than for TURP. The use of registries for follow-up of patients and registration of side effects is strongly recommended.

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Oct 2019

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has launched a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) imaging priority program "Radiomics: Next Generation Medical Imaging" (“Radiomics: Nächste Generation der medizinischen Bildgebung”). More than 8 million euros will flow into the program in the next three years. The program will be coordinated by the University Hospital Freiburg.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including ENT technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for ENT devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

The fee negotiations for the coming year are over - the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV-Spitzenverband) agreed on an increase in the monetary conversion factor for all medical and psychotherapeutic services in the amount of 1.52 percent. GKV-Spitzenverband and KBV have also agreed to sponsor the video consultations.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including endoscopy technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for endoscopy devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including endocrine technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for endocrine devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including E-Health technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for cardiovascular devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including diagnostic imaging technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for cardiovascular devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

MTRC has developed three reports on the key market access topics, including innovation funding, health technology assessment and funding frameworks for medical devices. These reports help to understand the relevance of these frameworks to certain types of medical technologies, including cardiovascular technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for cardiovascular devices in Europe.

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Oct 2019

In Sweden, the Centre for Assessment of Medical Technology (CAMTÖ) leads the development of HTA cooperation in the healthcare region Uppsala-Örebro. In August 2019, CAMTÖ started its work on the assessment of sclerotherapy in Achilles tendinopathy. After the completion of the evaluation process, the report would be published at the web-site of Örebro County Council.

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Sep 2019

At the beginning of August 2019, North Rhine-Westphalia presented the plans for “Virtual Hospital,” a digital platform that will bundle specialist expertise nationwide and make it more accessible.

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Sep 2019

A positive conclusion regarding the model project “Rhineland-Palatinate breathes through - telemedicine for healthy lungs” (“Rheinland-Pfalz atmet durch – Telemedizin für eine gesunde Lunge”) was drawn by the Mainz Ministry of Health.

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Sep 2019

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) regularly publishes new decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices. The decisions made in July and August 2019 concern various types of devices, including orthopedic, cardiovascular, and blood glucose meters. A total of 29 decisions were made.

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Sep 2019

National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI) is currently developing a framework for the reimbursement of telemedicine and health apps (mHealth).

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Sep 2019

In Sweden, the Priority Council of Skåne Region prepares and presents suggestions for new methods, routines, and treatments, to be included in the healthcare system. In August 2019, the HTA report for endoscopic procedures in dysphagia was released. The analysis showed that fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing and videofluoroscopy are clinically well-established procedures that have good and equal coherence between different assessors and in repeated assessments.

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Aug 2019

The draft for a “Digital Supply Law,” approved by the Cabinet on July 10, 2019, promotes digitization in the health sector. Among other things, the law should help to accelerate the integration of digital applications into the standard care, to further develop and promote the use of the electronic patient record (ePA), to strengthen telemedicine and to connect more actors to the telematics infrastructure.

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Aug 2019

The HTA center of Swedish Västra Götaland region has published a report for the effectiveness of laminar versus turbulent airflow in operating theaters, with regard to risk for postoperative surgical infections. It was concluded that vertical laminar airflow, compared with any other type of ventilation system in operating rooms, is probably associated with a further reduction of CFU concentration in air sampled near the operation table.

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Aug 2019

Zorg van Nu information team published a brochure with regulations for stimulating digital care in the Netherlands. The brochure with the description of 16 schemes clearly explains which regulations are applicable for which e-health innovations.

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Aug 2019

The HTA center of Swedish Västra Götaland region has published a report for effectiveness and safety of microsurgical testicular sperm extraction (TESE) in infertile men with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) and concluded that it is uncertain whether there is any difference in complication rates for micro-TESE compared with testicular sperm aspiration (TESA). There is a need for extensive high-quality studies comparing results of micro-TESE with TESA

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Aug 2019

Explanation about the coding of selective intravascular radiotherapy (SIRT) with microspheres labeled with holmium-166, and of creation of intracardiac septal defect with implantation of an interauricular implant (percutaneous transluminal) in Switzerland was released by SwissDRG on July 26, and July 31, 2019, respectively.

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Aug 2019

The HTA center of Swedish Västra Götaland region has published a report for gene expression profiles to guide adjuvant chemotherapy in luminal, HER2-negative breast cancer. It was concluded that withholding adjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients with intermediate clinical risk of recurrence and low/intermediate risk according to a gene expression assay, compared with providing chemotherapy, probably results in little or no difference in overall survival within nine years and can probably not exclude a small increased risk of recurrence.

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Aug 2019

NHSX has officially launched in July 2019 bringing together teams from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement, to lead the largest digital health and social care transformation program in the world. With an investment of more than £1 billion pounds a year nationally and a significant additional spend locally, NHSX has been created to give staff and citizens the technology they need.

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Aug 2019

The test for severe combined immunodeficiencies (SCID) is part of neonatal screening since July 1, 2019, in Germany. At the beginning of July 2019, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has stated that health care should offer screening for the severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) as approximately two or three children per each year can be diagnosed and treated for the fatal disease with the test available.

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Aug 2019

The HTA center of Swedish Västra Götaland region has published a report for the impact of postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) on complications and results of immediate breast reconstruction (IBR). PMRT compared with no radiotherapy (RT) results in a clinically significant increase of implant or tissue expander loss in patients undergoing IBR with moderate certainty of evidence. Other findings (decrease in patient satisfaction, an increase of re-operations or capsular contracture rate increase) gained low certainty of evidence.

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Aug 2019

In June 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published six new interventional procedure guidance, one new Medical technologies guidance for Endocuff Vision for assisting visualisation during colonoscopy, and two new MedTech innovation briefings (for Danis stent for acute oesophageal variceal bleeds, and The OPTIMIZER smart system for managing heart failure).

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Jul 2019

In June 2019, the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV) has published a completed health economic evaluation regarding the cost-effectiveness of the comprehensive genomic profiling test for all solid tumors FoundationOne CDx. TLV believes that in most cases, the use of FoundationOne CDx is more expensive in comparison to current treatment methods. However, it has greater sensitivity and accuracy in the diagnostics.

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Jul 2019

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) regularly publishes new decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices. The decisions made in June 2019 concern various types of devices, including orthopedic, cardiovascular and diabetes devices, and cochlear implants. A total of 32 decisions were made.

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Jul 2019

After having identified the eligibility conditions for teleconsultation and teleexpertise in 2018, the French High Authority for Health (HAS) published a series of documents in late June 2019, for the operational deployment of eHealth services. Each of the new modalities of practice is discussed: teleconsultation, teleexpertise, and teleimaging. Also, the HAS proposed an information document to be given to patients before a teleconsultation.

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Jun 2019

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) regularly publishes new decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices. The decisions made in May 2019 concern various types of devices, including orthopedic, cardiovascular and diabetes devices.

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Jun 2019

In Sweden, Skåne Region develops knowledge base and prepares questions for decisions on the introduction of evidence-based health and medical care throughout Region Skåne. In May of 2019, there are two ongoing projects for fast track for rapid diagnostic for giant cell arteritis and the impact of daily rhythm lighting on patients in psychiatric full-time care. The final reports are going to be published at the web-site of Skåne Region.

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Jun 2019

In March 2019, NICE published an updated version of its evidence standards framework for digital health technologies (DHTs) that sets out the evidence requirements for different types of DHTs.

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Jun 2019

HealthTech Connect, a new online resource provided by NICE to help identify and support new health technologies as they move from inception to adoption in the UK health and care system, was formally launched April 29th, 2019. The system, which is free to use, will help companies to understand what information is needed by decision makers in the UK health and care system, and clarify possible routes to market access.

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May 2019

The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has signed a further contract for scientific monitoring and implementation of a trial study for NYHA III heart failure therapy optimization by means of continuous blood pressure measurement and monitoring using an implanted sensor in the pulmonary artery.

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May 2019

The report includes an overview of funding framework and all (as of May 2019) decisions from ultimate payers and decisions makers in England (NHS England, one CCG), Germany (G-BA), Netherlands (Zorginstituut Nederland), Norway (“New Methods” framework) and Switzerland (Federal Office of Public Health). More than 1000 decisions are included.

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May 2019

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) regularly publishes new decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices. The decisions made in April 2019 concern orthopedic devices, coronary stents, ventricular assist devices, remote monitoring systems in cardiovascular field, cochlear implants, bronchial thermoplasty device.

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May 2019

In Sweden, the Priority Council of Skåne Region prepares and presents suggestions for new methods, routines, and treatments, to be included in the healthcare system. In April 2019, the HTA report for thrombectomy 6 to 24 hours after stroke was released. The health economic analysis showed that the use of thrombectomy during extended time frames is expected to be cost-saving in a socio-economic perspective and increases patient benefit measured in terms of won quality-adjusted life years.

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May 2019

The HTA center of Swedish Västra Götaland region has published a report, which aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of EEG-based neurofeedback as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is uncertain whether the procedure compared with no or standard treatment reduces PTSD symptoms in adult patients. It is also uncertain whether the treatment results in any difference in suicidal thoughts, level of functioning, or medication use.

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May 2019

In Sweden, the Centre for Assessment of Medical Technology (CAMTÖ) leads the development of HTA cooperation in healthcare region Uppsala-Örebro. Currently, CAMTÖ is working on several assessments related to the medical devices and technologies such as equipment for 3D Printing, robot Intuitive daVinci Xi etc. After the completion of assessment procedure, the reports will be published at the web-site of Örebro County Council.

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Apr 2019

On the 14th of March of 2019, the Dutch National Health Care Institute has opened a project submission period in a framework of subsidy scheme called “Promising care.” This scheme makes it possible to obtain temporary financing for a maximum of 6 years for those treatment methods that look promising but are not yet reimbursed from the basic package. The period for submitting project ideas for promising care is from March 14 to May 14, 2019.

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Apr 2019

The Academic Health Science Networks in partnership with the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) launched a report of the MedTech landscape aimed at accelerating the entry, adoption, and spread of innovations for the benefit of patients and commercial success.

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Apr 2019

The 13 innovations joining the NHS Innovation Accelerator were announced on March 5, 2019, as part of an event to launch the fourth year of this award-winning national accelerator.

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Apr 2019

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) regularly publishes new decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices. The decisions made in March 2019 concern various types of devices, including orthopedic, cardiovascular (coronary stents), ENT and other products.

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Mar 2019

NHS Digital is launching a pilot to build the process that will enable partner services to connect to NHS login, providing a single way for patients in England to verify their identity and then use the login to access digital health and care services. The five selected partners represent the range of organizations who will connect with NHS login - from large, established organizations to new players in the market. The service will begin its activities in April 2019.

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Mar 2019

The Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa) wants to contribute to stimulating the right care in the right place by making it possible to deploy e-health applications more broadly. In 2019 NZa will examine the possibilities for declaring e-health with the focus on district nursing and long-term care. Also, a large part of the e-health projects is in the pilot phase and the Dutch ‘Care for Innovation’ organization developed a step-by-step plan for a systematic approach for e-health introduction.

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Mar 2019

The report presents a summary of reimbursement situation for cardiac pacemakers. Both single- and dual-chamber pacemakers are considered. The analysis covers procedure coding, payment mechanism, reimbursement tariffs and policy restrictions in 11 EU countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Mar 2019

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) regularly publishes new (32 in total) decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices. The decisions made in February 2019 concern various types of devices, including multiple orthopedic, cardiovascular and other devices.

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Mar 2019

More than 50 new DRGs were introduced in the Swedish system in 2019, while two have been deleted. The changes affected nursing care, psychiatry, hospital and day case services of different major disease categories. Important changes relate to cardiac ablation, placement of neurostimulator.

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Mar 2019

In mid-February 2019, the French High Authority for Health (HAS) has published the new guideline to clinical evaluation of connected medical devices in France.

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Feb 2019

In October of 2018, the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV) has published a completed health economic evaluation regarding the clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness MiniMed 670G in comparison to MiniMed 640G device. TLV concluded that the use of the MiniMed 670G can increase the patients’ quality of life due to reduced concern for hypoglycemia, increased comfort, fewer complications and also lead to potential cost benefits.

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Feb 2019

At the beginning of February of 2019, the National Healthcare Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland, ZIN) has published an Overview of the healthcare activities which were excluded or included with restrictions into Basic Insurance Package.

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Feb 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan, released on 7th of January 2019, will save almost half a million more lives with practical action on significant killer conditions and investment in world-class, cutting edge treatments including genomic tests for every child with cancer. Local NHS allocated £570 billion to fund the NHS Long Term Plan.

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Feb 2019

Promising care must find its way to patients more quickly through inclusion in the basic health insurance. That is why the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has adjusted the promising care with the new subsidy scheme. Dutch Healthcare Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland, ZIN) carries out the scheme in collaboration with the Dutch Organization for Health Research and Development (Nederlandse organisatie voor gezondheidsonderzoek en zorginnovatie, ZonMw). The scheme will replace existing procedure with conditional reimbursement of medical technologies.

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Jan 2019

In late 2018, the French Ministry of Health announced that the telemedicine pilot project “ETAPES” will be maintained for four more years.

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Jan 2019

On December 14, 2018, the Center of Competence and Coordination of Confederation and Cantons, Swiss eHealth, has published version 2.0 of the Swiss eHealth strategy. This version replaces the 2007 version and will be applied until 2022. With the "Swiss eHealth Strategy 2.0", the Confederation and the cantons intend to enhance the promotion of digitalization in the healthcare sector, whose priority is the introduction and dissemination of the patient's digital record.

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Nov 2018

Adding the MammaPrint® to the standard risk assessment in patients with early-stage breast cancer has not demonstrated health gains compared to the current way of determining whether a patient needs chemotherapy. Dutch National Health Care Institute has concluded that the test is not eligible for reimbursement from the basic insurance package.

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Oct 2018

In mid-October 2018, the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health has published an article which describes the change of the financing of the health care system and proposes medium-term strategies for this gradual change. The report has been developed by the Directorate of research, studies, evaluation and statistics (DREES) of this ministry.

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Sep 2018

In July of 2018, the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (Tandvårds-Läkemedelförmånsverket, TLV) has updated the product group codes for consumables for better understanding the range of the products. Editorial changes to the codes' descriptions were implemented. Seven new groups for stomach products, plates and bags of different types, which are especially intended for children have been included in the classification.

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Sep 2018

At the end of June of 2018, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialtyrelsen) has published an updated version of the National clinical guidelines for heart care. The review was conducted for the inclusion of few updated recommendations regarding the management of the coronary heart disease, valvulopathy and arrhythmia.

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Jul 2018

On the 5th of June of 2018, Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefit Agency (Tandvårds- och läkemedelsförmånsverket, TLV) has published a decision regarding inclusion of number of Verifine blood lancets produced by Mediq Sverige AB for diabetic patients to monitor the blood glucose levels into the list of pharmaceutical benefits with the price of SEK 23 per package.

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Jul 2018

On the 14th of May of 2018, Norwegian RHF Decision Forum (Beslutningsforum) has recommended usage of the Flash Glucose Monitoring system - Freestyle Libre for the treatment and follow-up of children (less than 18 years) with type 1 diabetes and other types of diabetes.

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Jul 2018

MedTech Europe has published a paper with reflections on how to facilitate the dialogue between industry and funding and reimbursement decision makers, in order to create an innovation-friendly environment for healthcare in Europe. MTRC report on innovative payment schemes is cited in the paper.

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Jun 2018

MTRC has developed reimbursement overviews for 14 EU countries. Overviews cover stakeholders, money flow, payment model, DRG system, innovation funding, coverage with evidence development, the role of health technology assessment, funding frameworks and reimbursement pathways. Reports are delivered in PowerPoint. Video explanations are available as well.

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Jun 2018

On the 14th of May of 2018, Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefit Agency (Tandvårds- och läkemedelsförmånsverket, TLV) has published a decision regarding inclusion of number of consumable medical devices for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) into the list of pharmaceutical benefits with the price of SEK 236.35 per piece.

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May 2018

In April of 2018, Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefit Agency (Tandvårds- och läkemedelsförmånsverket, TLV) has published a number of consumable medical devices, which were excluded from the list of pharmaceutical benefits per manufacturers’ request.

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May 2018

On the 26th of April of 2018, Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefit Agency (Tandvårds- och läkemedelsförmånsverket, TLV) has published a positive decision for inclusion of Aurum Convex (one-piece range of colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy bags with Manuka honey) into the list of pharmaceutical benefits with the price of its comparators of 48.13 SEK per product.

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May 2018

In April of 2018, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has published a report “Screening for severe combined immune deficiency”, which contains recommendation and assessment basis for the national combined immunodeficiency screening program (SCID).

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Apr 2018

On the 5th of April of 2018, Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefit Agency (Tandvårds- och läkemedelsförmånsverket, TLV) has published a positive decision for inclusion of VORTEX nozzle (spare part for VORTEX inhalation container) into the list of pharmaceutical benefits due to lower price of 45.42 SEK per product versus comparators.

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Apr 2018

On the 16th of April, 2018, the new classification of diagnosis codes (ICD-10-SE) was released by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen). Seventeen new diagnosis codes were added in 2018.

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Apr 2018

The report “Development Trend 2018” will help to provide a basis for analyzing the environment for eHealth and creating a frame of reference for understanding the eHealth development.

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Apr 2018

In February of 2018, Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefit Agency (Tandvårds- och läkemedelsförmånsverket, TLV) has published a number of consumable medical devices, which were excluded from the list of pharmaceutical benefits per manufacturers’ request.

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Apr 2018

At the beginning of March, 2018, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialtyrelsen) has published the instruction with the amendments for coding of infected wounds. Several clarifications to the use of these diagnosis codes were implemented.

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06

Apr 2018

On the 22nd of March, 2018, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialtyrelsen) has published a preliminary version of National guidelines for endometriosis care. Socialtyrelsen is opened for comments and suggestions until the 31st of May, 2018.

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03

Apr 2018

At the end of January, 2018, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialtyrelsen) has published updated Guidelines for management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The few recommendations on drug treatment and management of COPD were updated.

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09

Mar 2018

According to the recommendation of the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), hospitals and clinics should not offer screening for prostate cancer with PSA tests with or without other supplementary tests before tissue sampling. The recommendation is based on that the benefit of screening for prostate cancer with PSA tests does not outweigh the negative effects on a population level.

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Jan 2018

The program will cover the period of 2018-2025 and will focus on improvement of provision of health care services, introduction of innovations and other aspects of health care system. Overall budget of the program is 4.7 bln. euros. The program can create a window of opportunity for financing of innovative equipment and devices in Russia.

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Dec 2017

Eight new medical procedure codes for obstetric, urological, gynecological and vascular interventions will be added to the Swedish Classification of non-surgical medical interventions (KMÅ) in 2018.

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07

Dec 2017

Eight new surgical procedure codes for otorhinolaryngologic, colorectal and orthopedic interventions will be added to the Swedish Classification of surgical interventions (KKÅ) in 2018.

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02

Oct 2017

On 25th of September, the Norwegian Decision Forum of “New Methods” had a meeting to review several medical technologies and IVD tests. Decisions were made in relation to the introduction of 2 new newborn screening tests, prehospital emergency thoracotomy, aortic valve replacement using sutureless stent Perceval, and digital breast tomosynthesis.

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08

Sep 2017

All significant innovations in Norway should undergo either national or hospital-based health technology assessment within “New Methods” framework. Guiding criteria for prioritization of topics for assessments were recently formulated by the administration of the program.

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Jul 2017

Researchers evaluated care process, access, administrative efficiency, equity and health care outcomes in 11 countries on the basis of published health care statistics for 72 indicators. The best overall performers among European countries were the UK (ranked 1st), the Netherlands (3rd), Norway (4th), Sweden and Switzerland (6th). Germany (8th) and France (10th) were low in the ranking.

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04

Jul 2017

The Government has given to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) to see how much of the highly specialized care could be coordinated at the national level. The proposed model will be tested in autumn 2017 in two areas: the nervous system diseases and women's health and childbirth. These areas will be surveyed to see which individual care measures would be improved.

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Jun 2017

An assessment was initiated earlier this year on the request from Dutch Hypertension Society and umbrella organization of 9 health insurance companies Zorgverzekeraars Nederland. The Institute will evaluate compliance of baroreflex activation therapy (BAT) for treatment of resistant hypertension with the state of science and practice.

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08

Jun 2017

Administrators of the “New Method” program, which is focused on managed introduction of innovations into Norwegian system, have initiated technology assessments of 10 technologies and now have requested manufacturers to make submission of clinical and economic evidence.

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May 2017

Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU) is working on three health technology assessment projects, related to medical technologies and in-vitro diagnostics, including diagnostics of prostate cancer, diagnostics of endometriosis and surgery for arm fractures in elderly.

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May 2017

The National Board (Socialstyrelsen) has developed a new national guideline for the treatment of stroke with a significant focus on mechanical thrombectomy. MTRC provides an overview of key recommendations, which concern diagnosis and treatment phase using medical technologies.

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02

May 2017

The Forum of Norwegian payers made decision about introduction of three medical technologies: mechanical thrombectomy for stroke, baroreflex activation therapy for resistant hypertension and non-invasive prenatal testing for detection of trisomy 13, 18 and 21.

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Apr 2017

Report found that Sweden has high regional variability in provision of cardiovascular procedures (PCI and CABG), but low to moderate variability in provision of orthopedic and obstetrics procedures compared with selected OECD countries.

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