News and blog posts

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Nov 2020

On November 18, 2020, the 2020/21 National Tariff Payment System was published and came into effect in England. The publication has been delayed due to the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Nov 2020

On November 04, 2020, NHS England published an update of the Specialized Services Policy Pipeline (as of October 19, 2020). Four new Clinical Commissioning Policies were added to the work program, six new policies were published, and one policy was discontinued. Read more

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Nov 2020

The Government of the Russian Federation approved the Order of November 7, 2020, N 2892-r on budget allocations of over 800 million rubles for the provision of subsidies to subordinate institutions of Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing) for the procurement of laboratory equipment in order to develop a sustainable system for the prevention, detection, and response to threats to the sanitary and epidemiological well-being of the population. Read more

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Nov 2020

In early November 2020, the final version of the procedure coding system for 2021 was issued by the Norwegian Directorate for e-Health. Two new surgical procedure codes for laparoscopy and 17 for orthopedic procedures, two new radiology procedure codes, and nine new medical procedure codes were introduced. Read more

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Nov 2020

In September 2020, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new interventional procedure guidance (for transcranial magnetic stimulation for auditory hallucinations), one new medical technologies guidance (Axonics sacral neuromodulation system for treating refractory overactive bladder), one new diagnostic guidance (Implantable cardiac monitors to detect atrial fibrillation after cryptogenic stroke) and four Medtech innovation briefings (for Novii Wireless Patch System, t:slim X2 insulin pump and others). Also, three clinical guidance documents were updated. Read more

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Nov 2020

In November 2020, the new intra-DRG was published on the website of the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health. A new chapter was added for urogenital implants - “Implantable devices for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence.” Read more

13

Nov 2020

Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE) initiated the health services research on facilitators and barriers for e-Health adoption by general practitioners. The project has been started in 2017 and is still ongoing. Read more

12

Nov 2020

In late October 2020, the BfArM (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) has published the final version of the OPS 2021 (Operation and Procedure Keys) system. The OPS, together with the ICD-10-GM (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, German Modification), forms the basis for the reimbursement systems in outpatient and inpatient care. Read more

11

Nov 2020

On October 16, 2020, the Order of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health in relation to the new experiment on reinforced support for the elderly people (DRAD) was published in the Official Journal of the French Republic. The experiment offers a solution to elderly people with loss of autonomy who wish to stay at home, for whom "classic" support from home services is not more sufficient. Read more

10

Nov 2020

The Austrian Institute for Health Technology Assessment (AIHTA) is conducting a research project “Framework for reimbursement decisions of digital health technologies (mHealth) and its (retrospective) application on selected examples”. The project started in May 2020, with expected completion in November 2020. Read more

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Nov 2020

In Sensible Care projects, the Dutch Healthcare Institute, together with other parties, is investigating the possibilities for improving care pathways for patients. As of early November 2020, there are 30 ongoing projects, including two projects for assessing knee and hip osteoarthritis treatment and medicines for castration-refractory prostate carcinoma at the final evaluation phase. Read more

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Nov 2020

In late October 2020, the Swedish prospective cost-weights for NordDRG 2021 were released by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen). Read more