Working plan of the Spanish Network for Health Technology Assessment in 2019

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On the Interterritorial Council that took place March 4th, 2019, the Working Plan for the Spanish Network for Health Technology Assessment was agreed and published.  The working plan includes 22 health technology assessment reports, 7 monitoring studies, 9 clinical practice guidelines, and 1 evidence-based product.

For the development of the Working Plan for the Spanish Network for Health Technology Assessment (HTA), a first step involves the identification and prioritization of the proposed topics for evaluation. For this reason, the technical secretary of the Network asks the General Directorate for Basic Benefits Basket and Pharmacy for a suggested list of topics, which come from suggestions made by the Autonomous Communities. In the first step, 55 topics for evaluation were identified.

After selection and prioritization of topics, those were divided and assigned to the different HTA Agencies according to their expertise.

This year's Working Plan has been configured with the assignment of 22 HTA reports, 7 monitoring studies, 9 clinical practice guidelines, and 1 evidence-based product. Likewise, it has been foreseen the possibility of requesting 12 additional reports for possible evaluation needs that may arise in the first semester of 2019.

HTA reports:

  1. Safety, efficacy, effectiveness, and efficiency of the corporal stereotactic radiotherapy in lung, prostate and liver cancer
  2. Safety, efficacy, effectiveness, and efficiency of functional radiosurgery in epilepsy, Parkinson's, tremors, trigeminal and glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  3. Interventions for early detection and prevention of delirium in hospital admission
  4. Cardiac resynchronization therapy associated or not with a defibrillator
  5. Evaluation of automated storage and dispensing technologies for medicines in hospital pharmacy services
  6. Intraoperative image acquisition technology monitoring
  7. The effectiveness of the percutaneous hemodynamic assistance systems as a support for the interventionism and cardiogenic shock procedures
  8. Organizational models for the provision of palliative care
  9. Mechanical thrombectomy in the early treatment of ischemic stroke
  10. Robotic surgery of the spine
  11. Computed tomography-guided percutaneous ablation of lung metastases by radiofrequency or microwave in the patient not susceptible to local curative and / or palliative systemic therapy
  12. Safety, effectiveness and efficiency of glucometers, coagulometers and gasometers
  13. Digital dermatoscopy
  14. Angio oct (optical coherence tomography) for the identification of retinal neovessels
  15. Development of a diagnostic protocol and follow up of the reactive attachment disorder
  16. Safety and effectiveness of laser-induced thermal therapy in epilepsy surgery
  17. Telehealth and telemedicine: application of video consultation and new technologies to healthcare. Evaluation of tools or channels for complementary non-face-to-face attention in primary health care
  18. Molecular diagnosis by massive sequencing of acute leukemias
  19. Cost-effectiveness of neonatal screening for the early detection of severe combined immunodeficiencies
  20. Neonatal Screening Program of endocrine-metabolic diseases of the NHS. Clinical efficacy of the inclusion of congenital adrenal hyperplasia in the neonatal screening program of the basic common portfolio of the NHS
  21. Cost-effectiveness and budget impact analysis of the inclusion of routine vaccination against HPV in male adolescents
  22. Clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness of inclusion of neonatal screening of critical congenital heart defects (critical congenital heart disease) in the basic common portfolio of the NHS

Monitoring studies

  1. Endobronchial valve for patients with persistent air leakage
  2. Closure device (occlusor) for the atrium
  3. Biodegradable esophageal stent for benign pathology
  4. Percutaneous mitral valve repair system
  5. Glucose monitoring system using flash type sensors
  6. Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) as permanent destination therapy
  7. Spinal-palate ganglion neurostimulator for cluster headaches

Clinical practice guidelines

  1. Type I diabetes
  2. Chronic Obstructive Disease
  3. Suicidal behavior
  4. Type II diabetes
  5. Palliative Care (2nd phase)
  6. Management of stroke patients in primary care (2nd part)
  7. Anxiety clinical practice guidelines (2nd part)
  8. Prevention and Treatment of Infant and adolescent’s obesity (2nd part)
  9. Alzheimer's disease and other dementias clinical practice guidelines (2nd part)

Evidence-based products:

  1. Protocol for management of Kawasaki disease

See the document from the Spanish Network for Health Technology Assessment here.

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Feb 2020

On February 1, 2020, an additional test was added to the newborn screening, performed 2-3 days after birth. Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is thus the 18th disease for which newborns are screened in Denmark.

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Feb 2020

In January 2020, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published only three new interventional procedure guidance (for reducing the risk of transmission of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) from surgical instruments used for interventional procedures on high-risk tissues, fetoscopic and open prenatal repair for open neural tube defects in the fetus).

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Feb 2020

The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has updated the nationwide requirements for disease management programs (DMP) for patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. The current DMP contracts must then be adjusted to the new requirements within one year of the decision coming into force. Around 225,000 legally insured patients are currently enrolled in a DMP for type 1 diabetes.

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Feb 2020

In late January 2020, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the final plan of the project OTCA21 “Hypoglossal nerve stimulation systems for treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea.”

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03

Feb 2020

The HTA unit of the Lombardy region opens the possibility for the public to comment on the health technologies which are in the assessment phase. The call is open until February 28, 2020.

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Jan 2020

Norway established in 2013 a framework “New Method” for the introduction of innovations into the health care system through either a national or hospital-based health technology assessment. In this framework, all innovations should undergo HTA before being funded. In January 2020, four new mini-HTA projects of medical technologies were launched in Norway: robotic-assisted procedures, ear reconstruction, continuous electroencephalography, among others.

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Jan 2020

In December 2019, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health released an HTA report regarding the effectiveness of uterine fibroids treatment commissioned by the Centre for joint decision-making to summarize the findings regarding this method. Embolization probably reduces the time that is needed to get back to the activity in comparison to myomectomy and hysterectomy.

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Jan 2020

In early January 2020, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the final plan of the project OTCA24 “The 24-hour blood pressure measurement device Mobil-O-Graph® with the built-in pulse wave velocity algorithm ARCSolver® to measure arterial stiffness for the optimization of hypertension treatment and assessment of cardiovascular risk”.

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Jan 2020

With a regional decree of December 18, 2019, Tuscany Regional Healthcare has published assessments of thirteen medical devices belonging to various therapeutic areas.

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Jan 2020

In December 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new interventional procedure guidance (for balloon dilation for chronic eustachian tube dysfunction), one new medical technologies guidance (for gammaCore for cluster headache), and five new MedTech innovation briefings (for Optowire for measuring fractional flow reserve, eXroid for internal hemorrhoids, and others).

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07

Jan 2020

In mid-November 2019, the report of the project OTCA20, titled “Prophylactic or therapeutic use of endoanchoring systems in endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR/TEVAR)” was published on the website of the European Network for HTA (EUnetHTA).

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06

Jan 2020

At the start of the organized program for the early detection of cervical cancer on January 1, 2020, several new services will be added to the EBM (Einheitlicher Bewertungsmaβstab, German Uniform Evaluation Standard).

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03

Jan 2020

In early November 2019, the report of the project OTCA18, titled “Regional hyperthermia for high-risk soft tissue sarcoma treatment” was published on the website of the European Network for HTA (EUnetHTA).

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27

Dec 2019

On the 20th of November, the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) has published a national clinical guideline for the oxygen therapy of acutely ill adult patients.

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Dec 2019

In late November 2019, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the final plan of the project OTCA23 “Biodegradable rectum spacers to reduce toxicity for prostate cancer.”

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24

Dec 2019

In November 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new diagnostics guidance (for point-of-care creatinine devices and rapid tests for group A streptococcal infections), one new interventional procedure guidance (for irreversible electroporation for primary liver cancer) and two new MedTech innovation briefings (for Leukomed Sorbact for preventing surgical site infection and AmnioSense for unexplained vaginal wetness in pregnancy).

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23

Dec 2019

On the 10th of December 2019, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI-HTA) has released a report on the implementation of an HPV screening test for the early detection of cervical cancer in women as a measure of cervical cancer prevention. The recommendations are positive.

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19

Dec 2019

In late November 2019, new HTA activities were published on the website of regional HTA program of Lombardy Region, after a period of inactivity. Twenty-six (26) new technologies are currently in various stages of the HTA process, and they should all be completed in 2020.

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18

Dec 2019

At the end of November 2019, the report of the project OTCA17, titled “Lithium triborate (LBO) laser for photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)” was published on the website of the European Network for HTA (EUnetHTA).

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13

Dec 2019

In November 2019, the Skåne Region released an HTA report for arthroscopic subacromial decompression (ASD) in subacromial pain syndrome that aimed to evaluate the scientific evidence for the procedure. It was concluded that the degree of clinical evidence is limited due to lack of study quality; the certain safety conclusions cannot be drawn due to the data diversity.

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12

Dec 2019

With the support of Aaron.ai, the first health application from the project “KBV Future Practice” ("KBV-Zukunftspraxis") was launched in Germany. About 50 medical practices are now testing the smart telephone assistant in their daily work. The evaluation of the practical tests is carried out by the Charité.

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11

Dec 2019

In October 2019, the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) has released an assessment report regarding the evaluation strategies to prevent urinary tract infections associated with urethral/urinary catheters in critical patients in Intensive Care Units. The evidence is not conclusive, but there is scientific evidence that aims for the introduction of review measures for the indication of indwelling urethral/urinary catheters, its use in decubitus, and without kinking.

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09

Dec 2019

In Sweden, the Centre for Assessment of Medical Technology (CAMTÖ) leads the development of HTA cooperation in the healthcare region Uppsala-Örebro. In September 2019, CAMTÖ released an HTA report on PD-L1 positivity tested by McAb SP263 to guide immune checkpoint therapy in non-small-cell lung cancer. No safe conclusions could be drawn, but the wide range of positivity rates implies the difficulties in the standardization of PD-L1 expression and the need for better predictive biomarkers.

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04

Dec 2019

In November 2019, the two new mini-method assessments for ankyloglossia and rapid testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea were initiated by Oslo University. After the completion of the assessment procedure, the final reports would be available via a mini-HTA database.

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03

Dec 2019

In October 2019, the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) has released an assessment report regarding the scientific evidence on personalized population screening for breast cancer. The current evidence does not allow to recommend any concrete models for individualized risk prediction for breast cancer but allows to recommend the development and evaluation of new models for personalized risk prediction directed to offering different strategies to the screening of population.

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03

Dec 2019

In October 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new interventional procedure guidance (for midcarpal hemiarthroplasty for wrist arthritis) and two new MedTech innovation briefings (for superDimension Navigation System to help diagnostic sampling of peripheral lung lesions and MR-proADM test for use with clinical deterioration scores in cases of suspected infection).

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02

Dec 2019

The National disease management guideline for chronic heart failure with recommendations for diagnostics and therapy has been revised. It is now available free of charge on the internet pages of the Medical Center for Quality in Medicine.

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27

Nov 2019

On behalf of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA), the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) investigated whether wearing a lower jaw protrusion splint (Unterkieferprotrusionsschiene, UPS) is beneficial for obstructive sleep apnea.

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26

Nov 2019

In October 2019, the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) has released an assessment report regarding the evaluation of Сerenkov luminescence image projection system for intraoperative evaluation of surgical margins in breast, prostate and gastrointestinal cancer. This new technology is expected to get an improvement in the effectiveness of oncological surgery and a reduction in costs.

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25

Nov 2019

The New Therapies (NT) Council provides comments on medical technology products and methods that are evaluated within the framework of the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV) medical technology assignment. In October 2019, the NT Council recommended the use of FoundationOne CDx comprehensive genomic profiling test as support for the drug treatment choice in the context of clinical studies as there is a great need for knowledge and validation.

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25

Nov 2019

We have released the second part of the interview on the Market Access Insider channel on Youtube. Lluis Bohigas, Former General Director of Planning at the Spanish Ministry of Health, Spain.

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21

Nov 2019

In order to promote the video consultations, the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV-Spitzenverband) have agreed on several new regulations. Thus, a video consultation will also be possible if the patient has not been previously treated by the doctor. For psychotherapies, the video consultations were reopened.

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20

Nov 2019

The HTA center of Swedish Västra Götaland region is aimed to work for the continuous development of knowledge-based care in the region and ensure that healthcare is supported by science and evaluation. Currently, Västra Götaland HTA-Centre works on several HTA projects related to medical procedures or devices: alertness therapy, MRI linac, and investigation, and treatment of PANS / PANDAS. After completion of assessments, the final reports would be released on the website of Västra Götaland region.

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19

Nov 2019

Outcomes Based Healthcare and My Diabetes My Way have been selected as Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) Sandbox projects.

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18

Nov 2019

In September 2019, the Andalusian Health Technology Assessment Department (AETSA) has released an assessment report regarding the evaluation of epigenetic profiling to classify cancer of unknown primary (EPICUP). It was observed that people received empirical therapy without considering the results of EPICUP had a three times higher risk of dying compared to those with specific treatment of the location of the primary tumor, adjusting due to possible confounding factors.

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15

Nov 2019

In September 2019, the French High Authority for Health released an assessment report for analysis on DNA chips (ACPA) in different types of oncological conditions to determine its place in comparison with more conventionally used techniques. The ACPA allows to detect a large number of copy number of variations at the whole genome level, ploidy abnormalities, and heterozygosity losses; it is of interest as a cytogenetic technique with some specific advantages among existing technologies.

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14

Nov 2019

In early September 2019, the Innovation Committee of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has published an overview of new research projects in the area of health services to be funded by the Innovation Fund in the future.

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13

Nov 2019

In Sweden, the Centre for Assessment of Medical Technology (CAMTÖ) leads the development of HTA cooperation in the healthcare region Uppsala-Örebro. In September 2019, CAMTÖ released a systematic review on surgical treatment of abdominal rectus diastasis one year after delivery. The literature search was performed, only one RCT was identified, but as the design of the study was associated with a high risk of bias, no conclusions could be drawn.

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11

Nov 2019

We have released the first part of the interview on the Market Access Insider channel on Youtube. Lluis Bohigas, Former General Director of Planning at the Spanish Ministry of Health, Spain.

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08

Nov 2019

In September 2019, the French High Authority for Health (HAS) released an assessment report for gastric bypass, also known as omega loop in severe obesity. The evaluation aimed to compare omega-loop gastric bypass (OLGB) with Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) in terms of efficacy and safety. OLGB cannot be determined as an alternative treatment to RYGB considering the safety aspects due to a lack of efficacy and safety data. The method should be studied in a framework of clinical research.

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07

Nov 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 spine technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for spine devices in Europe.

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06

Nov 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 robotic surgery technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for robotic surgery devices in Europe.

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06

Nov 2019

In Sweden, the Centre for Assessment of Medical Technology (CAMTÖ) leads the development of HTA cooperation in the healthcare region Uppsala-Örebro. In September 2019, CAMTÖ released a systematic review on SMS alerts to laypersons for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) that aimed to clarify SMS efficacy on survival after OHCA. Currently, the best available evidence does not support the use of SMS alarm to laymen as a means of improving survival after OHCA.

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04

Nov 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 radiotherapy technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for radiotherapy devices in Europe.

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04

Nov 2019

In early October 2019, the Health Evaluation and Quality Agency of Catalonia (AQuAS) published the assessment of cosmetic laser iridoplasty. The work revealed that it is recommended to undergo this intervention exclusively within clinical investigation settings and after getting approval by the ethics committee.

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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 radiology technologies. This post provides some key facts about the HTA, funding and innovation payment landscape for radiology devices in Europe.

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31

Oct 2019

Reimbursement of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for diagnosis and therapy control in retinal diseases will be available from October 2019 via the EBM (Einheitlicher Bewertungsmaβstab, German Uniform Evaluation Standard).

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30

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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29

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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28

Oct 2019

We have released the second part of the interview on the Market Access Insider channel on Youtube. Guillem Lopez Casasnovas, Professor of Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, Spain.

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25

Oct 2019

In Norway, the mini-HTA for intraepidermal nerve fiber density in skin biopsy was released in September 2019. The method was determined as efficient and safe. It was recommended to be introduced as part of the clinical routine in the hospital with a two-year follow-up to get enough data regarding the diagnostic volume and financial aspects.

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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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24

Oct 2019

On behalf of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA), the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) investigated whether a systematic test of newborns for sickle cell disease (SCD) in Germany would make sense.

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23

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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23

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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22

Oct 2019

In September 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published three new interventional procedure guidance (for implant insertion for prominent ears, high-intensity focused ultrasound for glaucoma, and bioprosthetic plug insertion for anal fistula) and five new MedTech innovation briefings (for SuperNO2VA for the relief of upper airway obstruction in people with obstructive sleep apnoea, The V.A.C. Veraflo Therapy system for infected wounds, UroShield for preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections, InterDry for intertrigo, and Alpha-Stim AID for anxiety).

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22

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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21

Oct 2019

In mid-September 2019, the report of the project OTCA19, titled “Screening for osteoporosis in the general population” was published on the website of the European Network for HTA (EUnetHTA).

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21

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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18

Oct 2019

In September 2019, the Andalusian Health Technology Assessment Department (AETSA) has released an assessment report regarding the evaluation of PET scan usefulness in non-oncological indications. The performed analysis showed that the quality of available systematic reviews related to the issue is generally low and, in some cases, moderate. The high-quality reviews, which conclude that routine use cannot be recommended, were found only for the indication of cognitive impairment with suspected Alzheimer's disease.

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18

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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17

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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16

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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15

Oct 2019

In Finland, the Health Care Services Selection Council is responsible for making recommendations regarding the research, treatment, and rehabilitation methods. Currently, PALKO is working on the only one assessment related to medical technologies - rehabilitation and treatment of lumbar spine dislocation. In the final report, the Council would conclude whether the procedure is a part of publicly funded services or not.

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11

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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09

Oct 2019

In August 2019, the Decision Forum conducted the meeting towards the funding decisions for new methods, where concluded that prehospital CT ("stroke ambulance") for early diagnosis and treatment of suspected stroke can be used within the framework of controlled studies with a sufficient number of patients. The protocol of the Decision Forum meeting was released on the website of the New Method.

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09

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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07

Oct 2019

In September 2019, the French High Authority for Health (HAS) has released an assessment report regarding the evaluation of total or partial robotic-assisted nephrectomy, compared to open surgery and conventional laparoscopic surgery. Due to the lack of any prospective comparative studies reporting robust results with relevant judgment criteria and collected with appropriate follow-up time, HAS could not comment on the expected service or the expected service improvement of robot-assisted nephrectomy compared to open surgery or conventional laparoscopic surgery.

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04

Oct 2019

On the 2nd of September 2019, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI-HTA) has released a report on guideline recommendations comprising screening for diabetes mellitus.

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03

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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02

Oct 2019

In August 2019, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has released an HTA report regarding the effectiveness of treatment for localized prostate cancer commissioned by the Centre for joint decision-making to summarize the findings regarding this method. The effectiveness of the several treatment methods is unknown due to the lack of evidence. There is little or no difference in survival after radical prostatectomy compared to low-dose-rate brachytherapy.

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01

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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01

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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01

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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30

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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27

Sep 2019

In August 2019, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has released a single technology assessment report for molecular profiling panel – Prosigna aimed to investigate its prognostic accuracy, clinical and cost-effectiveness in patients with breast cancer. It was outlined that it is uncertain to what extent Prosigna contributes prognostic information that turns into better clinical results; conclusions about the cost-effectiveness of Prosigna cannot be made due to the lack of existing information.

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26

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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25

Sep 2019

Within the framework of the Federal HTA program, the benefits currently paid under the compulsory health insurance are being reevaluated. On the 4th of September, 2019, the health technology assessment of arthroscopy of the knee, developed by the Swiss Medical Board on behalf of the Federal Ofice for Public Health, has been published.

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Sep 2019

In August 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published one new MedTech innovation briefings for vacuum therapy for colorectal anastomotic leakage and two new interventional procedure guidance for endovascular insertion of an intrasaccular wire-mesh blood-flow disruption device for intracranial aneurysms and the Papillon technique for locally advanced rectal cancer.

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20

Sep 2019

In mid-August 2019, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the final plan of the project OTCA22 “Clinical utility of Point-of-care Tests (POCT) D-Dimer and Troponin.”

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19

Sep 2019

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has presented its second final report on the benefit assessment of vacuum therapy in wounds healing. The previous final report for vacuum therapy in the wounds healing by secondary intention was published by IQWiG in late March 2019.

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18

Sep 2019

In August 2019, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI-HTA) published four decision support documents. The assessed technologies are osteochondral allograft transplantation, allograft for anterior and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, human dermal allograft, and 177 Lutetium.

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17

Sep 2019

In May and November each year, NHS England makes decisions on which new treatments should be included for routine commissioning. The decisions are taken by the NHS England Board based on recommendations from the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG), which is made up of doctors, health experts, and patient representatives.

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16

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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12

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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11

Sep 2019

In August 2019, the mini-HTA for Tendyne transcatheter mitral valve implantation system was initiated by Oslo University Hospital. The finalized mini-method assessment will be published in the National Database for Mini-HTA.

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09

Sep 2019

NICE issued a consultation document about safety and efficacy of balloon cryoablation for Barrett’s oesophagus and squamous dysplasia of the oesophagus and balloon dilation for eustachian tube dysfunction which were considered for Interventional Procedures Guidance in development for public consultation until 20 September 2019.

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05

Sep 2019

In August 2019, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI-HTA) published updated evaluations of medical procedures previously assessed. Technologies that were revised are The Barricaid® device for annulus Fibrosus Repair after lumbar discectomy, single-step scaffold-based treatment (AMIC) and two-step scaffold-based treatment (MACI), radiofrequency denervation and electrical stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve.

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03

Sep 2019

In July 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new diagnostics guidance for therapeutic monitoring of TNF-alpha inhibitors in rheumatoid arthritis, two new interventional procedure guidance (for transurethral laser ablation for recurrent non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer and ultrasound-guided high-intensity transcutaneous focused ultrasound for symptomatic uterine fibroids), and one new MedTech innovation briefing for HemaClear for bloodless surgical field during limb surgery.

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30

Aug 2019

In late July 2019, the report of the project OTJA10, titled “Stool DNA testing for early detection of colorectal cancer” was published on the website of the European Network for HTA (EUnetHTA).

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29

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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28

Aug 2019

In July 2019, the Health Technology Evaluation Service of the Basque County, OSTEBA, published a report titled “Indications, utility, and use of ultrasound in primary care.”

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27

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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23

Aug 2019

In July 2019, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has released a report for the effectiveness of treatment for knee osteoarthritis to summarize key findings from systematic reviews about relevant treatment options to ease the symptoms in patients with arthritis in the knee. It was outlined that self-management education program and physical aids give little or no difference in pain, whereas noncompartmental knee arthroplasty is superior to total knee arthroplasty in pain.

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21

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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20

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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16

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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14

Aug 2019

The Danish National Board of Health sent a new national clinical guideline for treatment with oxygen in the acutely ill adult patient in consultation.

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12

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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08

Aug 2019

In early July 2019, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, published the report titled “Irreversible electroporation for the treatment of liver and pancreatic cancer”.

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07

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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05

Aug 2019

The mini-HTA for internal emergency medicine ultrasound in patients with urgent medical conditions was released in July 2019 in Norway. The method was determined as efficient, safe, and was recommended to be introduced as part of the clinical routine in the hospital.

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29

Jul 2019

In late June 2019, the Committee on Evaluation and Public Health (CEESP) of the French High Authority for Health (HAS) validated a second, provisional version, updating the methodological guide for the evaluation of effectiveness at the HAS.

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24

Jul 2019

In June 2019, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has released an HTA report for prehospital CT for early diagnosis and treatment of suspected acute stroke or severe head injury to evaluate the documentation for clinical efficacy, safety and possible initiation of treatment prior to arrival in hospitals, compared with current hospital practice. Although the mobile stroke unit care increases the number of patients who receive thrombolysis, its efficacy is unknown due to the lack of evidence.

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23

Jul 2019

The French High Authority for Health (HAS) develops clinical guidelines and recommendations whose objective is to guarantee the quality and safety of care delivery within the French setting. In the second quarter of 2019, clinical guidelines/recommendations have been developed for 16 topics.

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19

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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16

Jul 2019

In June 2019, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has released an HTA report for TAVI in patients with severe aortic stenosis and intermediate surgical risk commissioned by the National System for Managed Introduction of New Health Technologies within the Specialist Health Service in Norway. The cost-utility analysis indicated that TAVI was slightly more effective and more costly than open surgery. These findings can help decision makers appraise the intervention against the official priority setting criteria in health care sector applicable in Norway.

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10

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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09

Jul 2019

In June 2019, the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE) published a report of the health technology assessment of bariatric surgery.

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05

Jul 2019

Mini-method assessment regarding the treatment of lymphedema with lymph node transplantation after breast cancer treatment was initiated by Oslo University Hospital in June 2019. The finalized mini-method evaluation will be published in the National Database for Mini-HTA.

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02

Jul 2019

In May 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new diagnostics guidance for Lead-I ECG devices for detecting symptomatic atrial fibrillation using single time point testing in primary care, three new interventional procedure guidance (for therapeutic hypothermia for acute ischaemic stroke, collagen paste for closing an anal fistula, and percutaneous mitral valve leaflet repair for mitral regurgitation), two new Medical technologies guidance, and three new MedTech innovation briefings (for SEM Scanner for pressure ulcer prevention, Peezy Midstream for urine collection,and DuraGraft for preserving vascular grafts).

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28

Jun 2019

The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has investigated whether patients suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma have (better) chances of recovery in case of allogeneic stem cell transplantation. IQWiG concluded that the benefit of allogeneic SCT is unclear.

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27

Jun 2019

In mid-May 2019, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the final plan of the project OTCA18 “Regional hyperthermia for high-risk soft tissue sarcoma treatment.”

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25

Jun 2019

In Norway, the mini-HTA for above cuff vocalization for patients, who are not able to speak due to tracheostomy, was released in June 2019. The method was determined as efficient, safe, and was recommended to be introduced as part of the clinical routine in the hospital with further monitoring.

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24

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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21

Jun 2019

On the 7th of May 2019, the new evaluation for bone-anchored prosthesis has been commenced in a framework of New Method, which provides a way for a managed introduction of innovations into Norwegian health care system. The proposal for the assessment was submitted by Oslo University Hospital in order to receive an opportunity to offer this method to achieve overall money saving and medical benefits as nowadays, only conventional prostheses are offered, and patients are sent to Gothenburg to receive the treatment, that is financed by the Norwegian health service.

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20

Jun 2019

Disease management programs (DMPs) should be updated on a regular basis in order to adapt them to the current medical knowledge level. The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has thus researched current evidence-based guidelines on diabetes mellitus type 2, summarized their recommendations and checked the need for DMP update.

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19

Jun 2019

In May 2019, the Galician Agency for Health Technology Assessment, AVALIA-T, has released a report “Diagnostic and clinical utility of cerebral amyloid PET in mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias.”

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18

Jun 2019

In May 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published two new medical technology guidance for negative pressure wound dressings and preventing infections when using needleless connectors, and three new MedTech innovation briefings for pressure ulcer prevention, midstream urine collection and preserving vascular grafts.

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14

Jun 2019

In early May 2019, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI), has published a health technology assessment on robot-assisted surgery in thoracic and visceral indications as part of the EUnetHTA work.

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10

Jun 2019

In May 2019, the Galician Agency for Health Technology Assessment, AVALIA-T, has released a report “Laser or radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of recurrent thyroid cancer.”

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06

Jun 2019

Four updated pathways for gynecological cancers describe the whole process of management patients – from the first examination for suspicion of cancer to the follow-up and rehabilitation with the management of late effects.

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04

Jun 2019

In April 2019, the Andalusian Agency for Evaluation of Health Technologies, AETSA, has released a report updating the map of genetic tests available in the Spanish National Health System.

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30

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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29

May 2019

In April 2019, the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare announced the update of the common package of benefits of the Spanish national health system with the inclusion of cervical cancer screening, nipple and areola micropigmentation and update of orthoprosthesis catalog.

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24

May 2019

At the end of April 2019, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, published the “Custom-made or customizable 3D printed implants and cutting guides versus non-3D printed standard implants and cutting guides for improving outcome in patients undergoing knee, maxillofacial, or cranial surgery.”

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22

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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21

May 2019

In April 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published two new interventional procedure guidance for endoscopic ablation for an anal fistula and a pilonidal sinus, and two new MedTech innovation briefings for urine test for detecting bladder cancer in people with symptoms associated with malignancy and imaging software designed to help clinicians to diagnose and stage liver disease.

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20

May 2019

With the regional decree of April 23, 2019, Tuscany Regional Healthcare has published assessments of six medical devices belonging to various therapeutic areas, including a system for monitoring in heart failure, TAVI, glaucoma drainage system, intravascular lithotripsy system.

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17

May 2019

The report summarizes HTA landscape, role of HTA in reimbursement processes in individual countries, provides list of HTAs per country, HTA body and program, per type of technology. In total, 12 countries, 51 organizations and more than 850 reports are included. Sample pages are available for download.

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17

May 2019

In 2013, Norway established a framework “New Method” for the introduction of innovations into the health care system through either a national or hospital-based health technology assessment. In this framework, all innovations should undergo HTA before being funded. In April of 2019, the NIPH has released an HTA report for patent foramen ovale closure, antiplatelet or anticoagulation therapy alone for management of cryptogenic stroke commissioned by RHF Forum. Based on this HTA, the RHF Forum will make a decision regarding further implementation of current treatment method.

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16

May 2019

German IQWiG assessed vacuum therapy and published the report in late March 2019. Evaluation found statistically significant impact of therapy on wound healing, rate of reinterventions and length of hospital stay.

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15

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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10

May 2019

In January 2019, the Belgian Health Care Knowledge (KCE) published a report of health technology assessment that was dedicated to the evaluation of proton beam therapy in adults.

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09

May 2019

The colorectal cancer screening program became organized in Germany on April 19, 2019. Until now, only the breast cancer screening program was the only organized screening program. The Evaluation Committee has already updated the EBM catalog.

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08

May 2019

In 2013, Norway established a framework “New Method” for the introduction of innovations into the health care system through either a national or hospital-based health technology assessment. In this framework, all innovations should undergo HTA before being funded. In April of 2019, the new mini-HTA regarding above cuff vocalization (ACV) was initiated by Oslo University Hospital. After completion of the assessment, hospital management will make a decision about funding of studied technology.

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06

May 2019

Italian Ministry of Health, together with the national HTA agency, AGENAS, has published two Horizon Scanning reports in December 2018. Public consultations are open until May 25, 2019.

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01

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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24

Apr 2019

In April 2019, the Catalan Agency for Quality and Healthcare Evaluation, AQuAS, published a quick report with indication criteria for cochlear implants in children.

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19

Apr 2019

In Finland, the Health Care Services Selection Council is responsible for making recommendations regarding the research, treatment and rehabilitation methods. Currently, PALKO is working on the only one assessment related to in-vitro diagnostics - screening for a Serious Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) from newborn heel. In final report, the Council will conclude whether the procedure is a part of publicly funded services or not.

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18

Apr 2019

On behalf of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), a working group of the Hannover Medical School (MHH) has assessed the treatment outcomes in case of nasoalveolar molding (NAM) for cleft lip and palate. The report was published in February 2019.

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17

Apr 2019

In January 2019, the Health Institute Carlos III published a report Diagnostic effectiveness and safety of elastography in oncology. An overview of systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

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16

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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15

Apr 2019

With a regional decree of March 7, 2019, Tuscany Regional Healthcare has published assessments of seventeen medical devices belonging to various therapeutic areas.

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10

Apr 2019

The Health Institute Carlos III published a report titled Analysis of the efficacy and safety of peripheral neurostimulators of the sphenopalatine ganglion for the treatment of refractory chronic clusters headache.

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05

Apr 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan announced, on March 7, 2019, that the NHS will ensure that patients with type 1 diabetes will benefit from life changing flash glucose monitors from April 2019. This will end the variation patients in some parts England are facing. The new guidance sets out the criteria for flash glucose monitoring and the maximum amounts CCGs will be reimbursed for the ongoing costs of the flash glucose sensors.

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04

Apr 2019

The Health Institute Carlos III published a report on efficiency and safety analysis of orthodontic-orthopedic devices for maxillary expansion as an alternative to adenotonsillectomy and/or pharmacological treatment for Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome.

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03

Apr 2019

In early 2019, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed to support HTA in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The Memorandum of understanding establishes a collaborative approach to the identification and assessment of new health technologies between Health Information and Quality Authority Ireland, Health Technology Assesment Group Ireland, Health Technology Wales, and the Scottish Health Technology Group. These bodies assess and give guidance on health technologies within their national healthcare systems.

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02

Apr 2019

In late March 2019, the Italian Ministry of Health has published a new document on medical device governance. The document presents the guidelines for a new governance of medical devices, which aims at the efficient allocation of the NHS resources, the sustainability of innovation, the strengthening of supervision and the transparency of actions and reports concerning the procurement and use of medical devices.

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01

Apr 2019

In March 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedure guidance (for Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (modified continent ileostomy) to restore continence after colon and rectum removal and high-intensity focused ultrasound for symptomatic benign thyroid nodules), and three new MedTech innovation briefings (for system for ruling out coronary artery disease in people with symptoms of stable coronary artery disease, medical imaging software tool for kidney stone evaluation, incision management system for closed surgical incisions).

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29

Mar 2019

Norway established in 2013 a framework “New Method” for the introduction of innovations into the health care system through either a national or hospital-based health technology assessment. In this framework, all innovations should undergo HTA before being funded. Currently, 13 ongoing mini-HTA projects are conducted in Norway: robotic-assisted procedures, microwave ablation, and tonsillectomy devices, among others.

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28

Mar 2019

In early February 2019, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the final report of the project OTCA16 “Bioresorbable Stents for the Treatment of Cardiovascular Indications (coronary artery disease).”
In early February 2019, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the final report of the project OTCA16 “Bioresorbable Stents for the Treatment of Cardiovascular Indications (coronary artery disease).”

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21

Mar 2019

During November-December 2018, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has introduced an organized screening program for the early detection of cervical cancer and initiated consultation procedure for prostate cancer screening.

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20

Mar 2019

On February 19, 2019 the new “Catalog of Goods and Services” for the centralized purchasing platform was presented to the regional health authorities by the Minister of Health. This new catalog includes up to 25,000 items, including drugs and health products.

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11

Mar 2019

On February 5, 2019, the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) decided that in case of suspected infection or fever of unknown origin, positron emission tomography (TEP) will be considered mandatory services. Also, percutaneous electrical stimulation of the posterior tibial nerve (PTNS) was approved for incontinence indication. Furthermore, the reimbursement amounts relating to incontinence and ostomy materials will be reduced. List of Analyses was also updated.

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08

Mar 2019

In Finland, the Health Care Services Selection Council is responsible for making recommendations regarding the research, treatment and rehabilitation methods. Currently, PALKO is working on the only one assessment related to medical technologies - surgical treatment of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation. In final report, the Council would conclude whether the procedure is a part of publicly funded services or not.

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07

Mar 2019

In Norway, the mini-HTA for magnetic technology (Magseed) for breast lesions was released in February of 2018. The method was determined as efficient, safe and was recommended to be introduced as part of the clinical routine in the hospital.

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04

Mar 2019

In early 2019, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has published a health technology assessment report regarding the hyperbaric oxygen therapy for osteonecrosis. The results have shown that the efficacy and safety evidence of the procedure is too uncertain for now, and its economic evidence is also very limited. Further controlled, prospective studies are recommended.

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28

Feb 2019

In January 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published six new interventional procedure guidance, three medical technologies guidance, and three new MedTech innovation briefings for liver function capacity test, a functional electrical stimulation (FES) integrated cycling system used to start muscle contraction to stimulate trunk and limb muscles in people with spinal cord injury, laser shoe attachment used as a walking aid and is designed to help prevent freezing of gait in people with Parkinson's disease.

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27

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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26

Feb 2019

In early February 2019, the entity that performs health technology assessment for medical devices in Italy, AGENAS, has called for the voluntary contribution of the clinical experts and/or reviewers, as well as for the participation of the manufacturers for announced that they’re working on several HTA projects on different medical devices and procedures, including bariatric surgery, continuous glucose monitoring, Elecsys®sFlt-1/PlGF test and others.

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21

Feb 2019

In early February 2019, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the final report of the project OTCA12 “C-reactive protein point-of-care testing (CRP POCT) to guide antibiotic prescribing in primary care settings for acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs)”.

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20

Feb 2019

On January 31st, 2019, the French High Authority for Health (HAS) has published a new assessment of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The objective of this assessment was to clarify the level of requirements of the National Commission for the Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) in terms of minimal clinical data to provide for the registration of a new TAVI on the LPPR, for the acceptance of a new indication for a TAVI already registered on the LPPR and for renewal of registration of a TAVI registered on the LPPR.

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15

Feb 2019

In January 2019, the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has selected four medical topics from citizens' suggestions for scientific assessment in the form of HTA reports (depression in children, mHealth solutions for multiple sclerosis, elephantiasis, and pain in endometriosis).

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14

Feb 2019

In late January 2019, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the ultimate project plan of the project OTCA20 “Prophylactic or therapeutic use of endoanchoring systems in endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR/TEVAR).”

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13

Feb 2019

In January 2019, the Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Wellbeing of Spain has released an Order by which Annex VI of the Royal Decree 1030/2006 was modified. With this modification, the common catalog of ortho-prosthetic devices is updated with new products (wheelchairs, orthoses and special prosthetics).

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08

Feb 2019

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development (CCSD) group develop and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. New procedure codes concern robotic-assisted laparoscopic procedures, 2-dimensional radiotherapy, revision of anti-reflux operations, etc. The codes are introduced with a recommended adoption date being the 1st of May 2019. The document also contains a list of textual changes in codes and an updated list of unacceptable combinations of codes.

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07

Feb 2019

At the end of December 2018, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) decided that optical coherence tomography for the diagnosis and therapy control of several retinal diseases will be covered by the statutory health insurance.

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05

Feb 2019

In December 2018, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new diagnostic guidance (for tumour profiling tests to guide adjuvant chemotherapy decisions in early breast cancer), two new interventional procedure guidance (for transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation for oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults and bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma), and four MedTech innovation briefings.

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04

Feb 2019

In January 2019, the Austrian HTA body Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI) has published the update of their decision support document (DSD) 103, which concerns the wearable cardioverter-defibrillator (WCD) therapy in primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in patients at risk. The authors state that further research is necessary for the development of reliable conclusions.

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30

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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25

Jan 2019

In December 2018, the Andalusian Agency for Evaluation of Health Technologies, AETSA, has released a report on the effectiveness and safety of electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves for treating chronic refractory pain.

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23

Jan 2019

In November of 2018, the completed mini-method assessment for decompression due to entrapment neuralgia for patients with chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and head was released. The method was determined as poorly documented and was not recommended to be introduced as a part of the routine clinical practice.

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22

Jan 2019

In mid-June, 2018, the Catalan Agency for Quality and Healthcare Evaluation, AQuAS, published the Clinical Practice Guidelines for open-angle glaucoma.

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18

Jan 2019

Two mini-method assessments regarding intraepidermal nerve fiber density in skin biopsy and neurovascular structure-adjacent frozen-section (NeuroSAFE) during robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) were initiated by Oslo University Hospital in December of 2018. All finalized mini-method assessments are published in the National Database for Mini-HTA.

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17

Jan 2019

In late December 2018, the European HTA agency, EUnetHTA, announced the final report of the project OTCA06 - “Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients at intermediate surgical risk.”

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15

Jan 2019

In December of 2018, the completed mini-method assessment for targeted deep sequencing panel for patients with varying types of hematological neoplasia was released by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). The method was determined as safe and efficient and was recommended to become a part of routine clinical practice.

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14

Jan 2019

In January 2019, the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) released a new national clinical guideline, which focuses on the choice between radical prostatectomy and the option of active monitoring of prostate cancer.

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11

Jan 2019

Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) released changes in coverage of medical procedures, IVD tests and medical aids in Switzerland. They include extension of coverage for neonatal screening to severe congenital immunodeficiencies, extension of coverage under restrictions for TAVI, gene test for breast cancer, PET, PET / CT, local superficial hyperthermia during tumour treatment, external defibrillator and coverage for sub-urethral tapes for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women. Also, changes in the coverage for neonatal screening were introduced.

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10

Jan 2019

In late December 2018, the European HTA agency, EUnetHTA, announced the ultimate project plan of the project OTCA19 - “Screening for osteoporosis in the general population.”

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09

Jan 2019

At the beginning of December 2018, the HTA entity of the Region of Tuscany has released a list of the upcoming assessments of the medical devices. Assessments include among others Impella ventricular assist device from Abiomed, Endocuff Vision colonoscope from Olympus, VascuFlex® Multi-LOC multiple stent delivery system from B Braun.

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18

Dec 2018

Danish National Board of Health has changed the procedure for how professional companies, organizations and healthcare organizations can propose new national screening programs. Proposals can be made only once a year – next time in February 2019.

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14

Dec 2018

In mid-November, 2018, the European HTA agency, EUnetHTA, published the ultimate project plan of the assessment on “Custom-made or customizable 3D printed implants and cutting guides versus non-3D printed standard implants and cutting guides for improving outcome in patients undergoing knee, maxillofacial, or cranial surgery”.

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13

Dec 2018

In mid-November, 2018, the Catalan Agency for Quality and Healthcare Evaluation, AQuAS, published their evaluation of bilateral cochlear implants in children and adults. The authors provided a list of criteria a patient has to fulfil in order to have a cochlear implant prescribed.

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27

Nov 2018

New national clinical guideline for spinal stabilization in adults with trauma contains a number of recommendations for stabilizing the spine in adults who have been exposed to a trauma.

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23

Nov 2018

In October, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new interventional procedure guidance for selective internal radiation therapy for unresectable primary intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, one updated medical technologies guidance endoluminal stent graft system designed for treating aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta and one new medical technologies guidance for a titanium implant intended for use in people with chronic sacroiliac joint pain and three new medtech innovation briefings for device used for babies and children up to 30 kg who need mechanical ventilation, gammaCore for cluster headache and system that delivers warmed and humidified respiratory gases, including at high-flow rates.

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19

Nov 2018

In the draft guideline for management of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse NICE recommended to offer a full range of non-surgical options to women with stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse before any operations.

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14

Nov 2018

In October of 2018, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has published a single technology assessment regarding the external ultrasound stimulation - Exogen™ in the treatment of femoral or tibial non-union. The objective of the assessment was to evaluate the efficacy, safety and health economic documentation for EXOGEN™ compared to surgical treatment for the management of patients with non-union of a fracture. The results have shown that the present documentation does not give evidence to assess the clinical or cost-effectiveness of EXOGEN™ for the treatment of non-union fractures compared to surgery.

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09

Nov 2018

Two mini-method assessments regarding the magnetic technology (Magseed) for labeling non-palpable breast lesions and robotic-assisted minimally invasive harvesting of muscle patches for reconstructive surgery were initiated in Norway this October of 2018. All finalized mini-method assessments are published in the National Database for Mini-HTA.

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07

Nov 2018

On October 26, 2018, the European Network for Health Technology Assessment has published the final report of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) for the treatment of age-related cataract. The authors of this report are a group of experts from the Italian region of Emilia Romagna, together with Health Austria (Gesundheit Österreich, GÖG).

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06

Nov 2018

In September, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedure guidance for transurethral water jet ablation for lower urinary tract symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia and intravesical microwave hyperthermia and chemotherapy for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer, one medical technologies guidance for neuropad for detecting preclinical diabetic peripheral neuropathy and two new medtech innovation.

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05

Nov 2018

In the middle of October 2018, the Andalusian Agency for the Evaluation of Health Technologies, AETSA, has published a health technology report in which they have assessed the safety, efficacy and efficiency of FebriDx® test.

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02

Nov 2018

In August, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published four new interventional procedure guidance for leadless cardiac pacemaker implantation for bradyarrhythmias, superior rectal artery embolisation for haemorrhoids, sutureless aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis and transurethral water vapour ablation for benign prostatic hyperplasia, and four new medtech innovation briefings.

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01

Nov 2018

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) regularly publishes new decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices. The decisions made in the period July-September 2018 concern various types of devices. In total, 52 decisions were published.

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31

Oct 2018

In mid-October 2018, the Catalan Agency for Quality and Healthcare Evaluation, AQuAS, published the evaluation of efficacy and safety home-based hospitalization. The authors have concluded that it is a valid patient care option.

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26

Oct 2018

In October 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institue (LBI), published the update on the PET/PET-CT topic. The report was done together with the Berlin Technical University.

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22

Oct 2018

On 6th of September, 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI-HTA) has released a report on external stimulation of the trigeminal nerve for the prevention and acute treatment of an episodic and chronic migraine. The method was not recommended for inclusion into catalogue of hospital benefits.

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19

Oct 2018

In mid-August 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI), has published a health technology assessment in which they have assessed the efficacy and safety of stereotactic radiotherapy (Cyberknife®), proton beam therapy and irreversible electroporation (Nanoknife®) for localized prostate cancer (PCa). It was concluded, there is inadequate and insufficient evidence to show that three evaluated technologies have either a positive impact on survival and quality of life or the ability to prevent or delay prostatectomy.

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18

Oct 2018

In May 2018, the French National Authority of Health, HAS, has published an update of the assessment of coronary stents.

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17

Oct 2018

On 3rd of October, 2018, the Italian Agency for Regional Healthcare Services, AGENAS, announced on their website that the reviewer volunteers are needed for reviewing the reports that should be published soon.

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15

Oct 2018

On 20th of July, 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI) has published HTA of meniscal allograft transplantation for post-meniscectomy syndrome in Austria. It was concluded that there is not enough evidence demonstrating benefits in order to include MAT into the Austrian benefit catalogue.

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12

Oct 2018

In mid-September 2018, the Andalusian HTA agency, AETSA, published a report in which they assessed the safety and effectiveness of the cardiopoietic stem cells therapy of secondary heart failure to myocardial ischemia.

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10

Oct 2018

EUnetHTA is a network of HTA bodies within Europe that promote the development of health technology assessment in all European countries by working together. This article will present the plans for the projects that will be published in the near future.

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09

Oct 2018

On 20th of July, 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI) has published HTA of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells for Crohn’s disease-associated complex perianal fistulas. Currently, inclusion into Austrian catalogue of benefits was not recommended with reevaluation in 2022.

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05

Oct 2018

On 20th of July, 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI) has published an evaluation of baroreceptor activation therapy for treatment-resistant hypertension. The authors concluded that there is no sufficient evidence to conclude on effectiveness or safety of BAT and thus inclusion of the procedure into the Austrian benefit catalogue is not recommended. There are currently three RCTs going on, and their results may bring new evidence.

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03

Oct 2018

On the 14th of August of 2018, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has published a health technology assessment report in relation to autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) comparing with standard treatment for patients with systemic sclerosis. The results have shown that the transplant‐related mortality after AHSCT is high, but risk of organ failure and death is lower after two years follow‐up and beyond compared to standard treatment, AHSCT provides a significant improvement of skin involvement and lung function measured by forced vital capacity compared to standard treatment with cyclophosphamide injections.

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01

Oct 2018

In mid-August 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI), has published an evaluation of efficacy and safety of carbon ion beam radiotherapy (CIRT) for twelve oncological indications.

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28

Sep 2018

On 20th of July, 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI) has published an assessment of left atrial appendage closure to prevent stroke to determine national coverage of the procedure. Considering this evidence, the authors do not recommend the inclusion in the hospital benefit catalogue, neither for percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion nor for surgical closure using a special clip.

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27

Sep 2018

In mid-August 2018, the Catalan agency for quality and health evaluation, AQuAS, has published a report that presents the results of the knee prostheses made by Surgival, a Spanish protheses manufacturer. The report covers the period 2005-2016.

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26

Sep 2018

In the second half of July, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published five new Interventional Procedure Guidance for low-intensity pulsed ultrasound to promote healing of fresh fractures at low risk of non-healing, fresh fractures at high risk of non-healing, superior capsular augmentation for massive rotator cuff tears, transaxial interbody lumbosacral fusion for severe chronic low back pain and two new Medtech Innovation Briefings for remote ECG interpretation consultancy services for cardiovascular disease and mechanical thrombectomy devices for acute ischaemic stroke.

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24

Sep 2018

On 20th of July, 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI) released an assessment of the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator to determine coverage of the service. Authors concluded that evidence is insufficient to make conclusions about the comparative effectiveness of subcutaneous and transvenous ICDs. However, a substantially lower risk for lead complications in patients treated with subcutaneous ICD.

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21

Sep 2018

On 20th of July, 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI) has published an HTA report on efficacy and safety of endobronchial valve implantation for emphysema. The authors have concluded that the intervention is more effective but less safe than standard therapy in selected patients with severe emphysema. Inclusion in the national service catalogue is only recommended with restrictions.

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20

Sep 2018

Emilia Romagna Region published a preliminary information report on the LumiHeal™ KLOX system, a topical photo-converter system for the treatment of acute and chronic wounds.

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18

Sep 2018

On July 27th, 2018, the European network for HTA has published a rapid assessment of the continuous glucose monitoring (CGM real-time) and flash glucose monitoring (FGM) as personal, standalone systems in patients with diabetes mellitus treated with insulin.

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11

Sep 2018

At the end of June of 2018, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has commissioned to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) to provide an update of the Disease Management Program (DMP) for Diabetes Mellitus type 2 in order to perform a systematic research, make a selection of guidelines based on methodological criteria and extract guideline recommendations relevant for the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus type 2. The final report is expected to be released on the 31st of December, 2019.

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06

Sep 2018

Emilia Romagna Region published a rapid assessment report on the Medtronic’s Heli-FX™ EndoAnchor™ system. The authors concluded that published literature is of poor quality (mainly non-comparative studies) and mostly includes patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm. Data on the use of the device for thoracic aorta aneurysm repair are extremely limited.

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05

Sep 2018

In mid-July 2018, the Health Service of the Canary Islands, SESCS, has published a report in which they have assessed the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the endoscopic ablation by radiofrequency in antral gastropathy and Actinic proctitis.

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31

Aug 2018

In the first half of July, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new Diagnostics Guidance for biomarker tests to help diagnose preterm labour in women with intact membranesand one new medtech innovation briefing for airglove air warming system for venous access.

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30

Aug 2018

Three mini-method assessments regarding the magnetic non-radioactive detection system SentiMag Sienna + of sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer, cough reflex testing and emergency targeted ultrasound implementation were initiated by Oslo University Hospital in June of 2018. All finalized mini-method assessments are published in the National Database for Mini-HTA.

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28

Aug 2018

In June of 2018, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has published a single technology assessment regarding the MicraTM Transcatheter Pacing System (Micra TPS) - a leadless pacemaker produced by Medtronic to reduce the rate of complications following pacemaker implantations through design and novel technology. The objective of the assessment was to investigate the clinical efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of Micra TPS in patients indicated for single chamber ventricular pacemaker implantation. The results have shown that the current evidence is not sufficient to prove that the Micra TPS gives less complications than standard pacemakers, also the use of Micra appeared not to be cost-effective.

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24

Aug 2018

In the second half of June, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedure guidance for laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy for internal rectal prolapse and MRI-guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy for treatment-resistant essential tremor, and two new medtech innovation briefings for negative pressure wound therapy for closed surgical incision wounds and ocular response analyzer to measure corneal hysteresis.

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14

Aug 2018

On 6th of July, 2018, the European network for health technology assessment, EUnetHTA, has opened the public consultation on ‘Horizon Scanning, Topic Identification, Selection and Prioritisation for European Cooperation on HTA – Draft recommendations.’

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10

Aug 2018

In April 2018, a national HTA program has been launched in order to re-evaluate benefits presently covered by the mandatory health insurance.

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08

Aug 2018

In mid-June 2018, the Spanish Network of Agencies for Assessing National Health System Technologies and Performance (REDETS) has published a report which analyzes transbronchial lung biopsy using cryoprobes in diffused lung diseases.

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03

Aug 2018

In late June 2018, the Andalusian Agency for Evaluation of Health Technologies, AETSA, has released a report on the efficacy and safety leadless pacemaker.

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02

Aug 2018

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) published new set of decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices in June. They concern orthopedic devices and endobronchial valve.

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30

Jul 2018

On April 24th, during the last meeting of the Interterritorial Council, an agreement was reached to determine 22 new designated reference centers for the treatment of 14 pathologies.

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25

Jul 2018

At the beginning of June 2018, the Health Technology Evaluation Service of the Basque County, OSTEBA, has published an assessment of effectiveness, safety and indications of radiological bone suppression technology for the detection of lung cancer.

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19

Jul 2018

In mid-June 2018, the Spanish Network of Agencies for Assessing National Health System Technologies and Performance (REDETS) has published a report on the efficacy and safety of bariatric surgery in morbidly obese patients.

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18

Jul 2018

In the first half of June, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new interventional procedure guidance for Intranasal phototherapy for allergic rhinitis and one new medtech innovation briefing for lung volume analysis in emphysema.

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13

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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12

Jul 2018

On 31st of May, 2018, the Catalan agency for quality and health evaluation, AQuAS, has published an update on the efficacy, effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of the proton therapy for the treatment of cancer.

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11

Jul 2018

In the second half of May, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedure guidance for low-level laser therapy for preventing or treating oral mucositis caused by radiotherapy or chemotherapy and endoscopic bipolar radiofrequency ablation for treating biliary obstruction caused by cancer.

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10

Jul 2018

During the last meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System in Spain (end of April) three decisions about coverage or new services or indications in the National Benefit Catalogue were announced. They concern hearing aids, micropigmentation of the nipples and continuous glucose monitoring. The changes are still due to be formalized in a form of a Royal Decree.

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09

Jul 2018

Two mini-method assessments regarding brachytherapy for esophageal cancer and targeted gene deep-sequencing panels were initiated by Oslo University Hospital in May of 2018. All finalized mini-method assessments are published in the National Database for Mini-HTA.

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06

Jul 2018

Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) conducted a full health technology assessment (HTA) of Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) using 177Luthetium (177Lu-PRRT) on the request from payers (“New methods” framework for introduction of innovations in Norway).

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29

Jun 2018

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute (LBI-HTA), the Austrian HTA body, develops health technology assessments of medical technologies to support decision-making about coverage of these methods in Austrian public reimbursement system. MTRC summarized the list of reports to be published by LBI-HTA until the end of 2018.

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28

Jun 2018

At the beginning of June 2018, the Andalusian agency for health technology evaluation, AETSA, has published a meta-analysis on digital tomosynthesis in breast cancer.

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26

Jun 2018

New recommendations for cervical cancer screening will focus on how we ensure that all women have the opportunity to participate in screening and on the use of HPV tests.

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21

Jun 2018

In late May 2018, the Health Technology Evaluation Service of the Basque County, OSTEBA, has published an assessment where they compared the clinical utility (safety, morbidity and effectiveness) of radiofrequency tonsil reduction with that of traditional tonsillectomy and other surgical options for enlarged tonsils.

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18

Jun 2018

On the 30th of May of 2018, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has published a report regarding effectiveness of shunt treatment for persons with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus, which was earlier commissioned to NIPH by My treatment choices platform with the purpose to find and summarize key findings from systematic reviews about the effects of shunts in the treatment of idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus.

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15

Jun 2018

In mid-May 2018, the Catalan Agency for Quality and Health Evaluation, AQuAS, has published an assessment of the efficacy of shoulder arthroscopy for different pathologies and the safety of the procedure for the treatment of shoulder disorders.

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11

Jun 2018

On 11th May, the Italian Ministry of Health announced from its website that five new Med Tech-related HTA documents are available for public consultation. See the details in the MTRC post.

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31

May 2018

In the first half of May, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new interventional procedure guidance for percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty for fetal critical aortic stenosis and three new medtech innovation briefings for patient position monitoring system for intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery, 3D/QFR imaging software to assess coronary fractional flow reserve non-invasively and point-of-care tests for diagnosing group A beta-haemolytic streptococcus (strep A) throat infection.

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30

May 2018

In mid-May 2018, the Basque office for Health Technology Assessment, OSTEBA, has published a rapid assessment report on treating prostate cancer with high-intensity focused ultrasound. The article is published under EUnetHTA framework.

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24

May 2018

In mid-May 2018, the Andalusian Agency for Health Technology Evaluation, AETSA, has published a structured summary on 18F-FDG PET in the early diagnosis of degenerative diseases of the central nervous system.

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22

May 2018

Flash Glucose Monitoring (FGM) is covered care for four groups of diabetic patients who are already eligible for reimbursement of real-time continuous glucose monitoring (RTCGM). This is stated in the 'Flash Glucose Monitoring' assesement of the Dutch National Health Care Institute

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18

May 2018

In the second half of April, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one diagnostic guidance on adjunctive colposcopy technologies for assessing suspected cervical abnormalities, four Interventional Procedure Guidance for robot-assisted kidney transplant, nerve transfer to partially restore upper limb function in tetraplegia, prostate artery embolisation for lower urinary tract symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia and microinvasive subconjunctival insertion of a trans-scleral gelatin stent for primary open-angle glaucoma, and two new MedTech Innovation Briefings for sleep mask for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular oedema and disinfecting cap for needleless connectors.

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15

May 2018

On 26th April, the Italian national agency for regional healthcare, AGENAS, announced that five new HTA documents will be produced for medical technologies during the next months.

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14

May 2018

Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa) has published the DBC product structure and maximum tariffs for specialist medical care for 2019. Healthcare providers and health insurers can start using it for the contract negotiations for 2019. The most important changes include reimbursement for telemonitoring consultation and reimbursement tariffs

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09

May 2018

This is an updated version of the National Clinical Guidelines for the Treatment of Brain Metastases published in 2014.

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04

May 2018

In late April 2018, AETSA, the Andalusian Agency for Health Technology Assessment, has published a report with the update of evidence regarding prognostic genomic tests in early breast cancer in Spain.

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03

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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01

May 2018

In mid-April 2018, the Basque HTA body (OSTEBA) has published recommendations of the clinical practice guidelines and use of the immunological faecal occult blood test for patients with symptoms compatible with colorectal cancer.

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26

Apr 2018

In mid-April 2018, the Galician HTA body, Avalia-T, has published a rapid evaluation report on screening of fetal trisomies 21, 18 and 13 by non-invasive prenatal testing. The report was done within EUnetHTA framework.

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25

Apr 2018

In the first half of April, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new medtech innovation briefing for device that usesroutinely available datasets to help identify people who are at high risk of developing colorectal cancer.

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19

Apr 2018

Emilia Romagna Region published a preliminary information report on the Equistasi® device, a wearable proprioceptive stabilizer for rehabilitation of postural instability in Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and athletes.

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17

Apr 2018

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has selected four out of 31 themes for the future health technology assessments, which were proposed by the citizens at the web-site of ThemenCheck Medizin service and will presumably be published at the beginning of 2019. The next process of topics’ selection will start in August of 2018.

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12

Apr 2018

In the second half of March, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new medical technologies guidance for a portable digital system for managing chest drains.

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11

Apr 2018

Eight reimbursement reports with the total size of 882 pages cover the most common radiotherapy modalities including brachytherapy, 3D conformal radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), image-guided radiotherapy, proton therapy. The analysis covers procedure coding, payment mechanism, reimbursement tariffs and policy restrictions in 12 EU countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

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09

Apr 2018

In April 2018, Danish Health Authority published 163 new codes for the Health Care Classification System, including five diagnosis codes, 34 surgical and 29 medical procedure codes. These codes are used to classify procedures in Danish DRG system.

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04

Apr 2018

At the beginning of 2018, IACS, Institute of Health Sciences in Aragon Autonomous Community, has released a clinical practice guideline on the detection and management of Chronic Kidney Disease.

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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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02

Apr 2018

In January 2018, the Spanish Network of Technology and Services Evaluation Agencies of the National Health System (REDETS), together with the Basque regional government, has published a health technology assessment report on high intensity focused ultrasound in Tremor Essential, developed by the Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment.

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28

Mar 2018

The Dutch Healthcare Authority (Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit) has published a draft version of the DBC package for specialist medical care for 2019 (RZ19a).

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27

Mar 2018

The background for updating the National Clinical Guideline for Treatment of Brain Metastases is that local treatment (stereotactic radiation therapy) has gained more space in the treatment of brain metastases.

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26

Mar 2018

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. In February new codes for preparation and delivery of radiotherapy, knee resurfacing arthroplasty, balloon dilatation of the Eustachian tube and MRI-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) thalamotomy for essential tremor were added to the CCSD Schedule.

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23

Mar 2018

Interstitial low-dose rate brachytherapy was commissioned to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) by the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) in order to analyze the current knowledge on procedure.

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22

Mar 2018

In the first half of March, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new Interventional Procedures Guidance (laparoscopic mesh pectopexy for apical prolapse of the uterus or vagina and mosaicplasty for symptomatic articular cartilage defects of the knee) and one new Technology appraisal guidance for autologous chondrocyte implantation using chondrosphere for treating symptomatic articular cartilage defects of the knee.

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21

Mar 2018

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) released the final report on the assessment of benefit for telemonitoring of cardiac implantable electronic devices compared to a standard treatment without telemonitoring in patients with ventricular tachyarrhythmias and / or heart failure. It was concluded that the benefits of the telemonitoring for patients with cardiac failure or heart rhythm disorders with a fast heart rate remain unclear.

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20

Mar 2018

In January 2018, the Galician HTA body, Avalia-T, released the technical review of The Vivistim® system, an implantable device for upper-limb rehabilitation after stroke. Evidence was found to be very limited to advice on the implementation of the technology.

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16

Mar 2018

On March 12th, 2018, Institute of Health Carlos III has published an evaluation report on therapeutic efficacy and safety of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for complex regional pain syndrome sympathetic reflex dystrophy.

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12

Mar 2018

In November 2017, the Andalusian Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AETSA) published an evaluation report (assessed within literature review) on the utility of exome sequencing for diagnosed dysmorphic syndromes.

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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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05

Mar 2018

In the second half of February, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedures guidance (unilateral MRI-guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy for moderate to severe tremor in Parkinson’s disease and supraciliary microstent insertion with phacoemulsification for primary open-angle glaucoma) and one Medical technologies guidance for transanal irrigation system for managing bowel dysfunction.

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27

Feb 2018

The Danish National Board of Health has decided to resubmit the pool for the development of National Clinical Guidelines in 2018, so that more professional companies and healthcare environments could have the opportunity to develop clinical guidelines.

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26

Feb 2018

In the first half of February, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new Medtech innovation briefings for a compression bandage for venous leg ulcers and insertable cardiac monitor for detecting suspected asymptomatic atrial fibrillation after cryptogenic stroke, one new interventional procedures guidance (aortic valve reconstruction with a new valve made from chemically treated cow pericardium) and one Medical technologies guidance for Memokath-051 stent for ureteric obstruction.

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20

Feb 2018

The method was under assessment by the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) previously but the assessment was paused due to insufficient evidence in 2008. The final decision will concern the reimbursement of the method in the outpatient sector. The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) is mandated to provide a health technology assessment (HTA) report to support G-BA’s decision.

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16

Feb 2018

KCE performed health technology assessment of 3D high-risk printed medical devices. It provides description of evidence concerning efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of the 3D printed medical devices as well as legal issues (requirements to enter to the market, liability, data protection, patient’s rights, traceability, reimbursement, intellectual property rights).

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14

Feb 2018

The Dutch Healthcare Authority (Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit) has published a draft version of the DBC package for specialist medical care for 2019 (RZ19a).

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13

Feb 2018

The background for updating the National Clinical Guideline for Treatment of Brain Metastases is that local treatment (stereotactic radiation therapy) has gained more space in the treatment of brain metastases.

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09

Feb 2018

In order to decide upon the inclusion of medical benefits into the German statutory health insurance, the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) can commission the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) with the preparation of health technology assessments (HTA). At the turn of the year, IQWiG published its 220th evaluation dossier since its foundation in 2004. G-BA followed IQWiG’s recommendations in 70% of cases.

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08

Feb 2018

In the second half of January, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new Medtech innovation briefings for an amniotic membrane allograft for treating chronic wounds and minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolitholapaxy medium to remove kidney stones, and one new Clinical Guideline for assessment and management of oesophago-gastric cancer in adults.

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07

Feb 2018

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute – Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) released seven decision support documents in 2017. In these, three technologies were recommended for inclusion into the national benefit catalogue. The rest was preliminarily not recommended for inclusion. HTA by LBI-HTA have indirect but strong connection to decision making about funding by the Ministry of Health.

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01

Feb 2018

Plasmapheresis procedure has not been supported for application in patients with Alzheimer’s by Spanish Health Technology Assessment Agency (AETS) due to insufficient evidence.

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31

Jan 2018

EUnetHTA analyzed HTA and reimbursement procedures in relation to pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical health technologies in EUnetHTA partner countries. About 59 HTA agencies and decision-makers provided country-specific information and outlined the process of HTA and reimbursement in 31 European countries.

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29

Jan 2018

The rules describe types of telemedicine systems used, type of care to be eligible for telemedicine services, interaction of medical personnel using telemedicine systems, approach for remote monitoring of condition of patient, and approach for documenting and storing information obtained using telemedicine technologies.

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26

Jan 2018

The Andalusian Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AETSA) performed evaluation of transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in patients with acute ischemic stroke. Available evidence was considered as insufficient for formulation of final conclusion. However, AETSA prepared recommendations for evidence generation strategy for this procedure.

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23

Jan 2018

In the first half of January, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published five new Medtech innovation briefings for in vitro diagnostic test for determining breast cancer subtypes, point-of-care creatinine tests before contrast-enhanced imaging, plasma EGFR mutation tests for adults with locally advanced or metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer, smartphone otoscope and sequencing panel for solid tumour cancers in children .

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18

Jan 2018

A 62-page reimbursement report covers mechanical thrombectomy for stroke. 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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10

Jan 2018

The Department of Home Affairs (EDI) in Switzerland decided upon the coverage with evidence development (CED) of two types of positron emission tomography as well as stereotactic radiotherapy (photons) of exudative age-related macular degeneration. The status is given to contested medical services for a specific period which is extended until evidence is complete.

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04

Jan 2018

The National Board of Health has not updated recommendations for cervical cancer screening since 2012. New evidence has been obtained for the detection of HPV infection as a screening method instead of or as a supplement to microscopic examination of cervical cells, and several countries plan to rearrange their screening programs.

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03

Jan 2018

The current guideline replaces the previous version of the document of 2010. The Norwegian Directorate of Health decided to update the guideline because new methods of treatment and rehabilitation of stroke became avaliable in recent years.

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29

Dec 2017

The Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment (OSTEBA) published results of assessments of home telemonitoring on patients with heart failure. This intervention was considered as effective and cost-effectiveness technology. However, further research is needed to specify criteria for better application.

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22

Dec 2017

NICE recommends new tests to help diagnose asthma and a change in how medicines are offered.

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19

Dec 2017

In the second half of November, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedures guidance (for hypoglossal nerve stimulation for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea and processed nerve allografts to repair peripheral nerve discontinuities).

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18

Dec 2017

The meeting Improvement of Patient Quality of Life and Access to Innovation: Two Priorities in Medical Device Evaluations was organized by HAS on 24th of November to discuss evaluation principles of medical devices in France with manufacturers. In connection to the meeting new and updated policy documents were released.

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15

Dec 2017

The Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre and the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Care innovation have signed an agreement to invest 6 million euros in the pilot project Belgium-Netherlands Funding of International Trials (BeNeFIT) for conduction of comparative, practice-oriented clinical studies which is relevant to patients, caregivers and policymakers in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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13

Dec 2017

The changes of the DBC package for specialist medical care in 2019 (RZ19a) will include pediatric oncology, proton therapy, and telemedicine.

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08

Dec 2017

Emilia Romagna Region announced the launch of two new series of documents, according to the new regional assessment framework for medical devices developed during 2017: rapid assessment reports and preliminary information reports.

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06

Dec 2017

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), in agreement with the relevant manufacturers' associations, has drafted a model contract to regulate the conditions under which information provided by manufacturers for the evaluation of medical devices is used by IQWiG and made available to third parties.

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05

Dec 2017

Emilia Romagna Region published a preliminary information report on the CytoSorb® device, an extracorporeal cytokine adsorber for the reduction of circulating cytokines in the blood stream.

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04

Dec 2017

The Dutch National Health Care Institute considered that application of one-way endobronchial valves for endobronchial lung volume reduction fulfills the criteria of “state of science and practice” for patients with severe emphysema and insufficiency of drug treatment. Therefore, this procedure can be included into a basic package for appropriate indication.

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01

Dec 2017

Article “Bariatric surgery versus conservative management for morbidly obese patients in Spain: a cost-effectiveness analysis” published in the “Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research” provides insights about economic outcomes of bariatric surgery in Spain using Markov modeling. Over the 10-year horizon, bariatric surgery led to a cost increment of €9,386 and 1.6 additional QALY (€5,966/QALY) compared with optimal medical management. Over lifetime horizon, surgery led to 0.6 life years and 4.4 QALY gains and €300/patient average cost savings.

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01

Dec 2017

Emilia Romagna Region published a rapid assessment report on the cardiac cryoablation catheter (also known as cryoballoon) for atrial fibrillation (AF). The authors concluded that, compared to radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation is not linked to higher effectiveness but presents shorter procedural time.Emilia Romagna Region published a rapid assessment report on the cardiac cryoablation catheter (also known as cryoballoon) for atrial fibrillation (AF). The authors concluded that, compared to radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation is not linked to higher effectiveness but presents shorter procedural time.

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27

Nov 2017

EUnetHTA has published project plan of rapid assessment of TAVI procedure in patients with intermediate risk. Current plan describes the design and methodology of the assessment, list of involved reviewers, stakeholders and timelines of the project. The final report will be prepared till the end of January 2018.

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23

Nov 2017

In the first half of November, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedures guidance (for total distal radioulnar joint replacement in symptomatic joint instability or arthritis and extracranial to intracranial bypass in intracranial atherosclerosis), one new diagnostics guidance for tests to identify people at high risk of ovarian cancer and four new Medtech innovation briefings.

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20

Nov 2017

Annual report from the Italian Society of Interventional Cardiology (GISE) shows increasing trends in procedural volume of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), transcatheter aortic valve implantations (TAVI), mitral clip implantations, closure of left atrial appendage (LAA) and patent foramen ovale (PFO).

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09

Nov 2017

The Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment (OSTEBA) published results of assessments of different techniques for biopsy of prostate. In accordance to this report, biopsy with image fusion (MRI and ultrasound) can be considered as a first diagnostic option for prostate biopsy.

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07

Nov 2017

In the second half of October, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new clinical guidelines (for cataracts in adults and cystic fibrosis), and published two new Medtech innovation briefings for radiation dose monitoring software for medical imaging with ionising radiation and Promonitor for monitoring response to biologics in rheumatoid arthritis.

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06

Nov 2017

The Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE) performed assessment of use of static automated external defibrillators (AED) by bystanders for out of hospital cardiac arrest. The aim was to inform government, whether current practice of placing AED for public use should be supported or not. No strict recommendations were given due to insufficient evidence for this device in use by bystanders.

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31

Oct 2017

Following the request of a patient organization, the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) evaluated the newborn screening for tyrosinemia type I by tandem mass spectrometry and decided to include the method into the relevant guideline. Before the method can be applied and reimbursed in the statutory health insurance (SHI) in Germany, the Genetic Diagnostics Act requires approval by the Genetic Diagnostics Commission (GEKO).

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26

Oct 2017

In the first half of October, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published one new Technology appraisal guidance (for autologous chondrocyte implantation for treating symptomatic articular cartilage defects of the knee) and four new Medtech innovation briefings for PleuraFlow Active Clearance Technology for maintaining chest tube patency, Mepilex Border dressings for preventing pressure ulcers, Thora-3Di for assessing asthma in children and Memokath-028, 044 and 045 stents for urethral obstruction.

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Oct 2017

In June of 2017, the Ordering Forum RHF commissioned rapid method assessment for the Prosigna test. Only when the Norwegian Institute of Public Health receives documentation from the suppliers they carry out a quick method assessment. On 16th of the October, suppliers were requested to submit data to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) regarding clinical efficacy, safety and economics of Prosigna test.

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Oct 2017

On 13th of October of 2017, the Ministry of Health of Poland commissioned Agency of Health Technology Assessment and Tariff Systems (AOTMiT) to assess the benefit of angioplasty of arteries of lower extremities (femoral and popliteal) with drug-eluting balloons.

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Oct 2017

In the second two weeks of September, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published 2 new and 3 updated clinical, four new Interventional Procedures Guidance (for intramuscular diaphragm stimulation for ventilator-dependent chronic respiratory failure caused by high spinal cord injuries and motor neurone disease, ab externo canaloplasty for primary open-angle glaucoma, high-intensity focused ultrasound for symptomatic breast fibroadenoma), and 3 Medtech innovation briefings (Farco-fill Protect, Caris Molecular Intelligence for guiding cancer treatment and Aptiva for painful diabetic neuropathy).

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12

Oct 2017

Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a new minimally invasive method for the ablation of tumors. Currently, this method is not used in Norway. The conclusion of mini-HTA stated that IRE should be included as part of the routine clinical practice in the hospital.

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Oct 2017

At the beginning of August 2017, the French National Authority for Health (HAS) published a health technology assessment of systems for remote monitoring for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). The aim of this assessment was an update and clarification of arrangements for the provision of implantable cardioverter defibrillator systems (ICDS) to improve the quality of care for patients with ICD and to promote the deployment of effective solutions in the country.

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09

Oct 2017

Agreement on the national HTA programme for medical devices has been reached between the central and regional authorities during the last Assembly. The main player in this context will be the Cabina di Regia per l’HTA. The steering committee will produce policy recommendations about the use of the assessed technologies and monitor implementation by procurement organizations. Read about the scope of the framework in our blog post.

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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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Sep 2017

MTRC has analyzed timing of decision-making (negotiation about price, final ministerial decision and publication of the decision) after recommendation by CNEDiMTS about expected benefit (AS) and added clinical value (ASA) for invasive non-implantable medical devices reimbursed via LPPR list, title V. Since establishment of the title V program, 5 technologies were added to the List (stent retrievers for stroke; peripheral drug-coated balloons). Time from the recommendation by CNEDiMTS until the start of reimbursement varied from 7 to 13 months (9.4 months on average).

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21

Sep 2017

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) released results of a re-evaluation of percutaneous volume reduction of the intervertebral disk with a focus on chemolucleolysis. Based on current evidence, chemonucleolysis was recommended for inclusion into health benefit catalogue in Austria while percutaneous nucleotomy and percutaneous laser disc decompression were currently not recommended.

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Sep 2017

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) released results of re-evaluation of leadless pacemakers for right ventricular pacing. Due to lack of comparative evidence vs conventional pacemakers, leadless pacemakers were not recommended for inclusion into health benefit catalogue in Austria.

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14

Sep 2017

In the first two weeks of September, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published one new (for diagnosis and management of endometriosis) and updated two clinical guidelines (for psoriasis and fertility problems). No health technology assessments were published.

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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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07

Sep 2017

In 2016, Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) commissioned Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG) for benefit assessment of telemonitoring systems in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). In July 2017, IQWIG published a preliminary report. Due to lack of evidence, no benefit statement was made.

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06

Sep 2017

French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about add-on and medical aid reimbursement of medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) in August 2017. They include different types of stents and stent-grafts for multiple indications (coronary, peripheral vascular), mechanical thrombectomy devices for stroke, medical devices applied for treatment of ulcer of venous origin, remote monitoring for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Systems (ICDS).

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05

Sep 2017

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute HTA evaluated EST for GERD and found the current evidence insufficient to recommend its inclusion into health benefit catalogue. Reevaluation is recommended in 2022 when more evidence becomes available.

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01

Sep 2017

In the second two weeks of August, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published three new Interventional Procedures Guidance for liposuction for chronic lymphoedema, radiofrequency treatment for haemorrhoids, biodegradable spacer insertion to reduce rectal toxicity during radiotherapy for prostate cancer.

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Aug 2017

There is an ongoing process to establish add-on reimbursement for FFR guidewires. Earlier in 2017 two guidewires (Verrata & Verrata More, Philips Volcano; Pressurewire (Certus - Aeris – X), Abbott) received a positive assessment by the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) with moderate improvement vs. standard of care. In June 2017, COMET device also received a positive recommendation from CNEDiMTS (no improvement vs. already recommended devices) only on the basis of data about technical equivalency. This is unusual for brand-specific applications and may be an interesting precedent for further applications.

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Aug 2017

In the first two weeks of August, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published three new Medtech Innovation Briefings for Biopatch for venous or arterial catheter sites, Urethrotech UCD for difficult or failed catheterization and VEST external stent for coronary artery bypass grafts.

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23

Aug 2017

A list of scientific societies and technical and scientific medical associations appointed to release national guidelines will be defined in the next months by the Ministry of Health, following its decree issued on 2nd August 2017.

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21

Aug 2017

New material codes for neurovascular self-expanding stent retrievers for clot removal (mechanical thrombectomy for stroke) and foam preparation for hysterosalpingosonography were added to the List of reimbursable devices of the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) in July.

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Aug 2017

In 2017, PAE was evaluated by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute – Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) to define whether evidence for this minimally invasive procedure can be sufficient for inclusion into benefit catalogue. Within this research work, evidence in relation to efficacy and safety of PAE was assessed in comparison to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and open prostatectomy. Based on the results of literature review, LBI-HTA did not recommend PAE for inclusion into benefit catalogue in Austria. LBI-HTA recommended re-evaluating PAE procedure in the 2021 year when new potential evidence is available.

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Aug 2017

In the second two weeks of July, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published one new (FebriDx for C-reactive protein and Myxovirus resistance protein A testing in primary care) and 3 updated Medtech Innovation Briefings, new Diagnostics Guidance for quantitative faecal immunochemical tests to guide referral for colorectal cancer in primary care and three new Interventional Procedures Guidance for laparoscopic insertion of a magnetic titanium ring for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, transcatheter aortic valve implantation for aortic stenosis and hysteroscopic sterilisation by insertion of intrafallopian implants.

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15

Aug 2017

European Network for health technology assessment (EUnetHTA) is initiating a project on assessment of screening of fetal aneuploidies (trisomy 13, 18 and 21) using non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) in collaboration with Galician Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AVALIA-T) and Italian HTA agency Regione Emilia-Romagna. Completion of the project is planned to be on 30th of January, 2018 and aimed to evaluate effectiveness and safety of prenatal screening with NIPT, and also to assess organizational, ethical, legal issues and patient outcomes associated with this procedure.

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14

Aug 2017

In the first half of 2017, Galician Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AVALIA-T) published 4 HTAs for medical technologies and procedures including Impella ventricular assist device in cardiogenic shock, microwave ablation for tumors of the liver, microsurgery in limb lymphedema and intravitreal injections. Read high-level conclusions from these assessments.

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11

Aug 2017

In the Netherlands, there is a possibility to test novel ways of delivering health care services (e.g. mobile diagnostic modules, online counselling, telemonitoring, screening/diagnostic for some complex conditions in primary care etc.) by establishing short (3 years) experiments between health provider and insurance company. After completion of experiment, analysis shall be performed about effect of the intervention. If it works, a new model can be population as novel type of care service in broader settings. See full list of ongoing small-scale experiment projects, extracted by MTRC.

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10

Aug 2017

The National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) reviewed indications for number of devices on the LPPR list and made recommendations about structure of the section in the LPPR list.

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08

Aug 2017

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute – Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) has published report with results of systematic literature review of application extracorporeal cytokine adsorption therapy (ECAT) for treatment and prevention of sepsis or systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). Considered evidence was assessed as insufficient to prove that ECAT is effective and safe procedure in patients with sepsis, septic shock and SIRS. Therefore, ECAT is currently not recommended for inclusion into the benefit catalogue.

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07

Aug 2017

French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about add-on and medical aid reimbursement of 10 medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS). They include microprocessor controlled knee prosthesis, transcatheter pulmonary valve, deep brain stimulation device, kit for self-monitoring of blood glucose and others.

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31

Jul 2017

The previous regional guidelines on brain stimulation therapy for advanced Parkinson’s disease, drug-resistant chronic migraine, and drug-resistant epilepsy, published in 2014, have been updated by the Regional Technical Commission for Medical Devices considering the new evidence on the specific groups of patients and some modifications in the indications for use of some devices. Check out indications for different neurostimulator technologies. These recommendations will form the foundation for reimbursement of devices in the region.

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Jul 2017

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute – Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) has published results of systematic literature review of evidence in relation to efficacy and safety of radiofrequency ablation for patients with metastatic spinal lesions. In conclusion, LBI-HTA recommended radiofrequency ablation of spinal metastatic lesions for inclusion in benefit catalogue with restrictions.

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27

Jul 2017

As of today, 11 Italian regions have specific regulations for health technology assessment. Medical devices are among the most commonly assessed types of technologies. Read English summary of the comprehensive report on HTA in Italy, developed by Agenas and SIHTA.

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26

Jul 2017

In the first two weeks of July, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published four Medtech Innovation Briefings (Nasal Alar SpO2 sensor for monitoring oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry, Arctic Sun 5000 for therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest, L-Dex U400 for lymphoedema after breast cancer treatment, FreeStyle Libre for glucose monitoring), new clinical guideline for Parkinson’s disease in adults, and updated diagnostic guidance for a new generation cardiac CT scanners.

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Jul 2017

HAS is the key decision-making body in relation to evaluation of sufficiency of clinical evidence to establish add-on reimbursement for medical devices, development of new procedure (CCAM) and clinical biology (NABM) codes in France. Annual report provides valuable insights into evaluation landscape for medical device and IVD tests. MTRC has extracted key facts related to assessment of medical technologies from the report.

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Jul 2017

New version 5.0 of the guidance “Allgemeine Methoden” provides basis for the scientific work of the Institute and its external experts. Multiple changes were made to existing sections, several new sections were added as well. Guidance provides brief overview of assessments performed in connection to benefit assessment for high class risk medical technologies, submitted for the innovation funding (NUB) for the first time.

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11

Jul 2017

Recently, CNEDiMTS at HAS issued positive recommendation for inclusion of HeartMate 3 ventricular assist device into add-on reimbursement catalogue (LPPR title III). No added value was established vs earlier version of device (HeartMate II), despite better safety profile demonstrated in the randomized controlled trial.

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06

Jul 2017

An assessment was initiated earlier this year. The Institute will evaluate compliance of dynamic fusion in lumbar spondylosis with the state of science and practice.

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03

Jul 2017

French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about add-on and medical aid reimbursement of 8 medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS). They include coronary stents, portable oxygen concentrators, Urolift device, spinal ganglion stimulator and insulin pumps.

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Jun 2017

In last two weeks of June, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published one Medtech Innovation Briefing (RIDASCREEN tests for monitoring infliximab in inflammatory bowel disease), four new interventional procedures guidance for vaginal vault prolapse and uterine prolapse and one new diagnostics guidance for multiple frequency bioimpedance devices to guide fluid management in people with chronic kidney disease having dialysis.

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Jun 2017

KCE is working now on development of research program for 2018 and proposals for research topics can be submitted by filling in an online form until 6 September, 2017. Proposal can also be submitted by the industry.

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27

Jun 2017

Assessments were directed by national HTA body AGENAS. They cover renal denervation for hypertension, next generation sequencing in oncology, robotic surgery, sling operation for urinary incontinence and vertebral disc replacement.

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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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Jun 2017

The deadline for acceptance of applications for conditional reimbursement in 2019 by the Care Institute Netherlands (Zorginstituut Nederland) is 29th of June 2017. Conditional reimbursement for the period of up to 4 years can be available for promising technologies, which did not meet criteria for “state of science and practice” in the assessments of Zorginstituut Nederland.

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Jun 2017

In first two weeks of June National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published two Medtech Innovation Briefings (Neo Pedicle Screw System for spinal fusion surgery and device for securing cerebrospinal fluid drainage catheters) and updated two clinical guidelines for head injury and spondyloarthritis in adults.

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Jun 2017

In May 2017, CNEDiMTS at the National Authority for Health (HAS) issued positive assessment of Urolift for add-on reimbursement via LPPR list. Added value was found to be minor in comparison with transurethral resection of prostate (TURP). This assessment provides better results compared to the earlier one in January 2017. Add-on reimbursement might be established within about one year period.

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09

Jun 2017

Eleven national population screening programmes are implemented in the NHS on the advice of the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), which makes independent, evidence-based recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries. The Screening Quality Assurance Service ensures programmes are safe and effective by checking that national standards are met. Changes in 2017 are related to KPIs for bowel, breast, and cervical cancer screening.

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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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06

Jun 2017

HAS published updated program that defines priority areas of work for 2017, including evidence review as part of developing new procedure codes for robotic surgery, endoscopic procedures, and technology assessments of remote monitoring, dialysis, coronary stents and others.

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05

Jun 2017

In second two weeks of May, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published two Medtech Innovation Briefings (collagen paste for anal fistulae and portable pulse‑echo ultrasound device to assist diagnosis of osteoporosis) one Interventional Procedure Guidance for endoscopic full thickness removal of non-lifting colonic polyps.

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May 2017

French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about add-on and medical aid reimbursement of 9 medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) in May and April. Among others decision included MRI compatible and recharge free spinal cord stimulation devices, resorbable plates for osteosynthesis.

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May 2017

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG) published final report of evaluation of extracorporeal shock wave therapy in patients with heel. Results demonstrated benefit of the extracorporeal treatment in comparison with placebo, ultrasound and iontophoresis.

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May 2017

AETSA aimed to establish recommendations for clinical practice on hip arthroplasty in patients with osteoarthritis through a systematic appraisal of evidence. High-level recommendations for hip arthroplasty and selection of type of implants were made.

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May 2017

An updated form for notification of medical technology to Italian national health technology assessment program has been released in May. Any stakeholder, including industry, can make notification, which will be reviewed and prioritize every six months.

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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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May 2017

In 2016, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) commissioned the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) to perform evaluation of controlled active motion (CAM) in patients with rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament. The final report of assessment was published on May of 2017. No definite conclusion can be made in relation to comparative efficacy and safety of studied technologies due to lack of evidence.

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May 2017

In 2014, Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) commissioned Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) to conduct health technology assessment of different approaches for lung volume reduction in patients with severe pulmonary emphysema. And now IQWiG has published the final report. The main conclusion is that it was not possible to draw any conclusion about relative effectiveness of bronchoscopic and surgical methods due to lack of the data.

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May 2017

The report issued within the framework of Joint Action 3 confirmed superiority of triclosan-coated sutures in reducing the risk of total incisional surgical site infections over non-antibacterial coated sutures. No conclusions were made in relation to the chlorhexidine-coated sutures due to lack of evidence.

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May 2017

Russian Government has approved draft legislation about telemedicine in the country. It covers number of elements including united information system in health care, exchange of information about stakeholders in health care, ability to perform teleconsultation, remote monitoring and to issue electronic prescriptions.

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May 2017

European Commission launched an evaluation of necessity to prolong support to cooperation between health technology assessment agencies beyond 2020, when the current EUnetHTA Joint Action 3 comes to an end) in September 2016. As part of the assessment, it launched an online public consultation in October 2016, which ended in January 2017. The objective of the consultation was to collect views of different stakeholders on the future of collaboration in the HTA field.

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May 2017

In first two weeks of May NICE has published one Diagnostic Guidance, two Medtech Innovation Briefings, one Interventional Procedure Guidance, and has updated three Clinical Guidelines.

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09

May 2017

National Commission for the Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) positively appraised Verrata and Verrate Plus guidewires for add-on reimbursement via LPPR title V. Level of added clinical value was considered moderate (ASA III) in comparison with management strategy, based solely on angiography data. This decision complements decision early this year in relation to St. Jude Medical’s (now Abbott) PressureWire FFR wires.

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09

May 2017

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute - HTA conducted a budget impact analysis on request from the Federal Ministry of Health and Women (BMGF) for testing of TSH as screening for hypothyroidism, urine culture as screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria and ultrasound screening for foetal anomalies.

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08

May 2017

French National Authority for Health (HAS) has initiated an assessment of organizational impact of mechanical thrombectomy on the system of stroke management in France with objective to find the most adequate way of further introduction of the method into French health care system.

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04

May 2017

Currently there are 10 ongoing mini-health technology assessments of medical technologies in Norway. After completion of evaluation, decision will be made about funding of these technologies at hospital level.

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03

May 2017

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK issued one Interventional Procedure Guidance, one Med Tech Innovation Briefing and updated two of Clinical Guidelines in April 2017.

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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

Three mini-HTAs were published since beginning of 2017: procalcitonin for diagnostic of bacterial infections, Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for achalasia, and use of the Prosigna test (PAM50 ROR) for decisions on adjuvant treatment in breast cancer. These assessments can support introduction of methods at local hospital level in Norway.

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Apr 2017

Assessment using HTA Core Model framework revealed that technology is safe, but evidence of efficacy is limited.

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Apr 2017

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK issued two Interventional Procedure Guidance, one Medical Technology Guidance, five Med Tech Innovation Briefings and updated number of Clinical Guidelines in March 2017.

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Apr 2017

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) has released report about evaluation of cardiac defibrillation probes and proposed updated nomenclature.

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17

Apr 2017

Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center issued information about ongoing and planned health technology assessments of medical technologies and IVD tests. They include external cardiac defibrillators, bariatric surgery, OncoType for breast cancer, peripheral drug eluting balloons and others.

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Apr 2017

The procedure will be included into Prescribed Specialized Services. About 8000 patients can benefit from the treatment annually. Other stroke treatments are commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups.

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06

Apr 2017

A paper comes in response to the European Commission's impact assessment on ways to strengthen the use of and cooperation on Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) at European level. Med Tech Europe proposes five key principles for such a cooperation.

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04

Apr 2017

NICE in the UK has released a consultation document in relation to the TAVI procedure (Interventional Procedure Guidance). Publication of the final guidance, which will replace the guidance from the 2012, is expected in July 2017.

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