In-vitro diagnostic tests

07

Jan 2022

In late December 2021, five new in-vitro diagnostics tests, including one test for COVID-19 spike protein antibodies determination, were added to the Laboratory Test Nomenclature (Laboratoriotutkimusnimikkeistö) in Finland. Read more

30

Dec 2021

The Council for Choices in Health Care in Finland (PALKO) has initiated the development of recommendations concerning companion diagnostic tests. The respective preparations were completed in November 2021. Read more

15

Dec 2021

In 2015, the Federal Office for Public Health launched an HTA program intending to reassess the benefits already reimbursed by compulsory health insurance. The following ongoing re-evaluations are in progress: multigene expression tests in breast cancer, cardiac catheterization for coronary artery disease, invasive procedures for coronary artery disease, removal of osteosynthesis materials, etc. Read more

03

Dec 2021

On November 23, 2021, the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health released an updated version of the National Laboratory code (NLK) system and associated tariffs for state and private laboratories to be implemented no later than January 01, 2021. NLK system has been used for activity-based reimbursement by the Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo) in outpatient settings since 2018. Thirty new codes were added in medical biochemistry, immunology and transfusiology, and clinical pharmacology areas. Read more

01

Dec 2021

In late November 2021, the INeK (Institute for the Hospital Remuneration System) has published the DRG catalog (Fallpauschalen-Katalog) with the list of DRGs and add-on reimbursement categories (ZEs) for 2022. Seven new DRGs and seventeen ZE categories were added to the catalog in 2022. Read more

24

Nov 2021

In October 2021, the Scottish Health Technology Group released two Innovative Medical Technology Overviews for e-health technologies. The topics were asynchronous digital dermatology appointment service (DDAS) and the Dxcover™ Brain Cancer Liquid Biopsy. Regarding DDAS, the authors concluded that the Scottish health boards should provide more data to allow for further performance and economic analyses of the DDAS. Regarding Dxcover™, the SHTG concluded that it was cost-effective, but further work to confirm its accuracy, effectiveness, safety, and cost-effectiveness is required. Read more

16

Nov 2021

In late October 2021, the BfArM (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) has published the final version of the 2022 OPS procedure coding classification. The OPS, together with the ICD-10-GM (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, German Modification), forms the basis for the reimbursement systems in outpatient and inpatient care. Read more

27

Oct 2021

On September 15, 2021, the Evaluation Committee (Bewertungsausschuss) has decided to introduce in the EBM (German Uniform Evaluation Standard) the new code for Oncotype DX® testing. This change is introduced in the updated EBM version, which was published on October 1, 2021. Read more

26

Oct 2021

On September 23, 2021, the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health released an updated version of the National Laboratory code (NLK) system and associated tariffs for state and private laboratories to be implemented no later than November 01, 2021. NLK system has been used for activity-based reimbursement by the Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo) in outpatient settings since 2018. Thirty-nine new codes were added in medical biochemistry, clinical pharmacology, and medical microbiology areas. Read more

16

Sep 2021

On August 17, 2021, the National Institute of Public Health released a rapid HTA report on the evaluation of PD-L1 assays in urothelial carcinoma commissioned by the Ordering Forum. This assessment does not provide any conclusions on the effectiveness of various treatment strategies in the treatment of urothelial carcinoma in adults. Read more

15

Sep 2021

On August 19, 2021, the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency has announced the withdrawal of the assessments of the MammaPrint and EndoPredict tests for various reasons. Read more

18

Aug 2021

In late July 2021, two new COVID-19 antigen tests were added to the Laboratory Test Nomenclature (Laboratoriotutkimusnimikkeistö) in Finland. Read more