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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 late September – early October 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 sickness funds.

The health app “re.flex” was introduced in the DiGA Directory on September 29, 2022. “re.flex”, developed by Kineto Tech Rehab SRL, Romania, provides patients with gonarthrosis with guided and controlled sports and exercise therapy. This consists of an app and two motion sensors. A detailed and indication-specific training program allows the patients to train independently and document the training activity. The exercise program was developed jointly by Sporlastic Medical Products GmbH and the sports medicine department of the University Hospital in Tübingen and is based on the current state of science and current study-based guidelines. The app with the movement sensors is available in German and English with a tariff of €784.21.

On October 10, 2022, two more health apps were introduced in the Directory. “Endo-App”, developed by Endo Health GmbH, Germany, is a health app for multimodal support for people affected by endometriosis. The program aims to support users in improving their quality of life as part of self-management. The self-management concept is fundamentally based on a symptom diary, in which users can document their symptoms, activities, exercises, and treatment, as well as on multimodal content. As part of the multimodal therapy, knowledge-transferring elements, validated questionnaires, guided exercises, and techniques from gynecology, physiotherapy, psychology, pain therapy, rehabilitation, social pedagogy, nutrition, resource activation, and resilience strengthening are available. The app is available in German with a tariff of €598.95.

The health app “sinCephalea – Migräneprophylaxe”, developed by Perfood GmbH, Germany, supports guideline-based prevention of migraine attacks. Based on individual blood sugar reactions to food and meals, “sinCephalea” creates personalized recommendations for a low-glycemic diet, which are made available in the app in the form of a nutrition report. “sinCephalea” also includes a headache diary and regular migraine questionnaires, which can be used to record headaches and migraine symptoms as well as the impairment in everyday life. The app is available in German with a tariff of €690.

The full details in German can be found here (re.flex), here (Endo-App), and here (sinCephalea – Migräneprophylaxe).

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