Switzerland

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Aug 2021

On July 30, 2021, the Swiss Federal Statistics Office (UFS) published the 2022 version of the procedure code (CHOP) nomenclature in the German language. The newly introduced codes concern various technology groups, such as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurology, interventional radiology, orthopedics, gynecology, and others. Read more

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Jul 2021

On June 30, 2021, the Swiss Federal Council announced that the TARDOC outpatient tariff structure, presented by the association of insurers curafutura and the Swiss Medical Association (FMH), cannot be approved at this point. The Federal Council found the TARDOC tariff structure to have many drawbacks. Curafutura released an announcement in which they state that they will continue working on the TARDOC tariff structure and will try to implement as many changes as possible, according to the FOPH recommendations. This means that the TARDOC tariff structure is not likely to be implemented before January 2023. Read more

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Jul 2021

On July 1, 2021, the updated version of the Swiss Services Ordinance (KLV/OPre) came into force. The changes concern the List of explicitly evaluated services (Annex 1 of KLV/OPre), the List of medical aids (Annex 2 of KLV/OPre), and the List of Analyses (Annex 3 of KLV/OPre). Read more

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Apr 2021

The online application form is announced to be activated on April 26, 2021. The applications can then be submitted from May 31, 2021, to July 11, 2021. The applications made in 2021 will be reflected in the 2023 version of the SwissDRG. Read more

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Dec 2020

On December 22, 2020, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health announced the changes that will occur to the Services Ordinance (KLV/OPre). The changes concern the general part of the Services Ordinance (KLV/OPre), and all four of its Annexes, which define the coverage of services (List of explicitly evaluated services, List of Medical Aids and Equipment, List of Analyses, List of Medications with Tariff). The updates will enter into force on January 1, 2021. Updates concern among others bariatric surgery, Autologous Chondrocyte Transplantation, ultrasound focused therapy for neurological indications. Read more

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Nov 2020

On October 30, 2020, the Swiss Federal Statistics Office (UFS) published the 2021 version of the procedure code (CHOP) nomenclature in French and Italian. The version in the German language was published in July 2020. The most important changes regard cardiovascular and peripheral vascular interventions. Read more

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Sep 2020

On September 7, 2020, the Swiss Medical Board has announced that the organization will discontinue its operations at the end of 2021. Read more

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Aug 2020

In June 2020, santésuisse (the leading organization of Swiss health insurers) and the Swiss Society of Surgeons (FCMH) have submitted a proposal to the Federal Council for the acceptance of 67 lump-sum payment packages for out-patient services. In July 2020, eight more lump-sum payment packages were suggested to the Federal Council. More suggestions are expected in the near future. Read more

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Jul 2020

On 22nd June 2020, the company in charge of the development of the DRG system in Switzerland, SwissDRG SA, has announced the catalog version of SwissDRG 10.0/2021 (2018/2021). Seven days later, the planning version of SwissDRG (2019/2021) has been published as well. Read more

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Jun 2020

On June 23, 2020, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) announced several changes in the coverage of benefits that will take place soon. They regard transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), adjustments in the List of Aids (EMAp/MiGeL) (including reimbursement for CPAP devices and mechanical ventilation at home, and adjustments in the List of Analyses (AL/EA). Read more

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Jun 2020

The Swiss cantons are required to jointly draw up a plan for the provision of highly specialized medical treatments (MHS). Until September 2020, the Conference of Cantonal Health Directors is discussing whether complex gynecological tumors, pediatric oncology, bariatric surgery, highly specialized pediatric surgery, and other areas of care should enter the MHS. Read more

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Jun 2020

On May 27, 2020, the Federal Council adopted the modification of the Insurance Law (KVG/LAMal) on the reimbursement of medical aids and equipment. In the future, health insurers will have to bear the costs of the medical material regardless of whether it is used directly by the insured person, by a non-professional person, or by the nursing staff. Read more