News and blog posts


Jul 2021

In mid-June 2021, the Danish Health Data Agency (Sundhedsstyrelsen) has published the update of the Health Care Classification System (Sundheds-væsenets Klassifikations System, SKS). The most significant changes include: seven new diagnosis codes and 17 procedure codes were added. The newly added procedure codes concern mainly gastrointestinal and dermatological areas. Read more


Jun 2021

On June 18, 2021, the Ministry of Solidarity and Health published an Order in the Official Journal of the French Republic in relation to the innovation package (forfait innovation) for the test ONCOGRAMME aimed at predicting the effectiveness of chemotherapy with regard to non-operable metastatic colorectal cancer. Read more


Jun 2021

On June 16, 2021, the winners of round two Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award (AI Award) were announced in England. The scheme was launched in September 2020, and the first-round winners were announced in December 2020. A total of 38 technologies awarded second-round competition and will share over £36 million. Read more


Jun 2021

In mid-June 2021, the document "Changes and innovations in the 2022 LKF model" (Änderungen und Neuerungen in den LKF-Modellen 2022) was published. The document summarizes the most significant changes and innovations in the LKF model for inpatient and outpatient care. The newly added procedure codes concern mainly the cardiovascular, e-Health, and gastrointestinal area. Read more


Jun 2021

On May 27, 2021, the Ministry of Health released an Order with the updated list of organizations that provide high-end medical care. The list is expanded with the five new private facilities located in Stary Oskol, Kovrov, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, and Chita. Read more


Jun 2021

On June 7, 2021, the Innovation Committee at the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) has reported that 123 project ideas were received for Innovation Funding of the new forms of care within the new two-stage application process framework. Read more


Jun 2021

Transitional coverage of certain products and services (prise en charge (PEC) transitoire), according to article L165-1-5 of the Social Security, is a newly-established pathway to obtain reimbursement for CE-marked medical devices intended for the treatment of rare or serious diseases, or compensation for a disability. The coverage is provided for 12 months with an opportunity for renewal before submitting an application for inclusion in the List of Reimbursable Products and Services (LPPR). Read more


Jun 2021

In late May 2021, the Clinical Coding and Schedule Development (CCSD) working group, which develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England, has published Bulletins 0177 and 0074 with changes to be implemented not later than August 01, 2021. Five new procedure codes related to diagnostic imaging, ENT, breast reconstruction, and gynecology, and nine new diagnostic codes were introduced. Read more


Jun 2021

On June 16, 2021, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has opened the submission period for proposals for topics of the health technology assessment (HTA) reports to be developed in 2022. Read more


Jun 2021

In May 2021, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published five new Interventional Procedure Guidance (ex-situ machine perfusion for extracorporeal preservation of lungs for transplant, transvaginal laser therapy for stress urinary incontinence and for urogenital atrophy, electrohydraulic lithotripsy for difficult-to-treat bile duct stones, and permanent His-bundle pacemaker for heart failure), one new Medical Technologies Guidance (UroLift for benign prostatic hyperplasia), and two new Medtech Innovation Briefings (Axonics sacral neuromodulation system for faecal incontinence and KODEX-EPD for cardiac imaging during ablation of arrhythmias). Also, three clinical guidelines and two Medical Technologies Guidance were updated. Read more


Jun 2021

In late May 2021, the Treatment Council (Behandlingsråd), a new framework for assessing treatments and health technologies in Denmark, started accepting applications for the assessment of health technologies. Read more


Jun 2021

The Health Sciences Institute in Aragon (IACS) systematically evaluates healthcare technologies and facilitates the promotion of research, effective innovation, and decision-making in health services through knowledge management. Currently, the IACS is working on assessments of efficacy, effectiveness, and safety of intraoperative radiation therapy in breast cancer, determination of preeclampsia biomarkers SFlt-1 and PlGF, treatment of congenital ventricular septal defect by cardiac catheterization, and others. Read more