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Reimbursement summary for angioplasty of arteries of lower extremities

This post presents an extract from our reimbursement analysis for angioplasty of arteries lower extremities using plain and drug-coated balloons (DCBs) for peripheral artery disease in England, France and Germany. Plain balloon angioplasty is reimbursement via DRG solely and DCBs are reimbursement via combination of DRG and add-on reimbursement.
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Three more health apps obtained reimbursement in Germany

In March and April 2022, three more health apps were introduced in the Directory of digital health applications (DiGAs) at the Federal Office for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and thus became reimbursable. These apps can be prescribed by physicians and psychotherapists and will be reimbursed by health insurers. In total, thirty-three health apps are now available at the DiGA Directory.

The health app “Meine Tinnitus App - Das digitale Tinnitus Counseling”, developed by Sonormed GmbH, was introduced on March 6, 2022. It provides patients with psycho-education and instructions for self-management through comprehensive tinnitus-specific multimedia content. Within ten weeks, the patients are guided through various lessons in an interactive, entertaining, and individually tailored manner and are gradually familiarized with targeted educational content and exercises. “Meine Tinnitus App - Das digitale Tinnitus Counseling” is a stand-alone therapy for tinnitus patients that follows an initial consultation with the treating physician. The app is available in German with a tariff of €449.

On April 3, 2022, the health app “HelloBetter Panik” (GET.ON Institute for Online Health Training GmbH, Germany) was introduced. “HelloBetter Panik” is an interactive psychological therapy program to treat and reduce the severity of symptoms of panic disorder and agoraphobia with panic disorder. The 12-week online course provides well-founded psychoeducation in text, video, and audio format, as well as effective strategies from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The app is available in German with a tariff of €599.

The health app “Vitadio”, developed by Vitadio s.r.o., Czech Republic, was introduced on April 15, 2022. “Vitadio” aims to improve diabetes control by empowering users for better self-management and lifestyle. It complements the therapy determined by the doctor and supports patients in achieving their treatment goals and preventing complications associated with diabetes. Users follow an interactive tutorial that covers motivation, nutrition, physical activity, sleep hygiene, psychological well-being, and social aspects of living with diabetes. The app is available in German with a tariff of €499.80.

The full details in German can be found here (Meine Tinnitus App - Das digitale Tinnitus Counseling), here (HelloBetter Panik), and here (Vitadio).

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