News and blog posts

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Aug 2021

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

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Aug 2021

In late July 2021, NHS England opened a call for applications to the High Cost Device List (HCDL) changes for the 2022/23 National Tariff Payment System. The completed application form should be submitted via email by September 30, 2021. HCDL is an add-on reimbursement for medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic tests, so the amount is paid in addition to the payment for regular care. Read more

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Aug 2021

On July 29, 2021, the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health published the instruction related to the 2021 application for coverage with evidence development programs. In the instruction, the specific fields of research, the application procedures, and the deadlines for applications for different types of projects (PHRC, PRME, PREPS, PRT) are specified. Read more

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Aug 2021

In July 2021, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new Interventional Procedure Guidance (inducing and maintaining normothermia using temperature modulation devices to improve outcomes after stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage) and four new Medtech Innovation Briefings (HealthVCF for detecting vertebral compression fractures on CT scans, trublood-prostate for triaging and diagnosing people with prostate cancer symptoms, AI technologies for detecting diabetic retinopathy, and Acumen IQ sensor for predicting hypotension risk). Read more

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Aug 2021

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

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Aug 2021

In June 2021, NICE announced developing a multi-agency advisory service for developers and adopters of artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven technologies, funded by NHS AI Lab. NICE is working in partnership with the Care Quality Commission, Health Research Authority, and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Read more

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Aug 2021

In July 2021, the Austrian Institute for Health Technology Assessment (AIHTA) published six new decision support documents and one update to a previous decision support document. The assessed topics included percutaneous left ventricular assist devices, liposuction for surgical therapy of lipoedema, triphasic biomaterial for augmentation of the osteoporotic femoral neck, endoscopic plication therapy in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), allogenic bone screw Shark Screw® in patients with hallux valgus or scaphoid fractures/pseudarthroses, and surgical interventions for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. The updated decision support document concerned implantable bulking agents for fecal incontinence. Read more

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Aug 2021

On July 16, 2021, NICE announced a new approach to prioritizing requests for NICE Scientific Advice. Because of the increased engagement, the waiting time for new scientific advice projects is currently several months. To address this, from December 2021, NICE will reserve priority slots in the work plan for companies developing high-priority technologies for the NHS. Read more

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Aug 2021

In July 2021, the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency released two completed health economic evaluations on the cost-effectiveness of the Oncotype DX and ProSigna tests. The evaluation was performed at the request of the Medical Technology Product (MTP) Council. The cost per quality-adjusted life-years for ProSigna is estimated to be 207,000 SEK compared to the stand-alone clinical pathology assessment. The analysis indicates that the use of Oncotype DX provides greater benefit than the alternative, also at a lower cost. Read more

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Aug 2021

On July 13, 2021, the Dutch Healthcare Institute (ZIN) announced three projects which were awarded under the "Subsidy scheme for promising care" framework. Two projects concerned MedTech - artificial pancreas and knee distraction. Read more

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Aug 2021

On July 7, 2021, a Decree which defines the new annual budget of €20 million for breast cancer genomic tests has been published. The Decree describes the access procedure and the requirements for the disbursement of the budget. This Fund will provide “free” access to genomic testing to women from all Italian regions who could benefit from the testing. Read more

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Aug 2021

A syndicated report (135 pages) reviews details of innovation funding and coverage with evidence development schemes in Europe, including Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. For each scheme, information about objective, inclusion criteria, applicant, stakeholders involved, clinical and economic evidence requirements, and statistics (including at least 2019-2020 data; but for most schemes – statistics for multiple years) is included. Read more