News and blog posts

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Sep 2020

In July 2020, the French National Authority for Health (HAS) issued an update of the methodological guide for the economic evaluation of medical technologies. The main changes aimed to improve the interpretation of the results and the uncertainty, to clarify technical points, and to integrate methodological changes that have occurred since 2011. Read more

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Sep 2020

On September 7, 2020, the Swiss Medical Board has announced that the organization will discontinue its operations at the end of 2021. Read more

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Sep 2020

In September 2020, a completed mini-method assessment for the MitraClip for percutaneous mitral valve repair was issued within the New Methods framework. The Oslo University Hospital carried out the evaluation. The method was recommended for routine use in hospitals. Read more

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Sep 2020

On September 03, 2020, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued medical technologies guidance on Axonics sacral neuromodulation (SNM) system for treating refractory overactive bladder. NICE recommended Axonics SNM to be adopted in the NHS and considered as an alternative when another treatment is not effective. Read more

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Sep 2020

On August 18, 2020, Swedish Medical Technology Product (MTP) Council issued an updated recommendation on FreeStyle Libre for continuous glucose monitoring in diabetes, which now includes FreeStyle Libre 2. The previous recommendation was published by New Therapy (NT) Council in 2018. Read more

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Sep 2020

The first issue of HTA Alerts included 186 reports from European organizations only. This issue included reports, published or initiated from the 1st of August 2020, and ongoing reports. The most common technological fields were cardiovascular, gastroenterology, in-vitro diagnostics, men's health, neuromodulation, and orthopedics. Contact us if you want to receive a sample alert and to learn more about the service. Read more

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Sep 2020

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about intra-DRG reimbursement of medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) in July 2020. Decisions concern cardiac sutureless valve bioprostheses and implantable devices for the treatment of urinary incontinence. Read more

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Sep 2020

From October 1, 2020, balneophototherapy can also be used for patients with moderate to severe neurodermatitis and billed via the EBM (German Uniform Evaluation Standard). So far, dermatologists have only been able to use the method for patients with psoriasis. Read more

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Sep 2020

At the end of July 2020, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, announced the final plan of the project OTCA27 “Comparative effectiveness of surgical techniques and devices for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).” Read more

08

Sep 2020

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has launched its call for applications representing high impact, evidence-based innovations from September 01, 2020. The application deadline is October 16, 2020. NIA is an award-winning national initiative supported by England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), which helps dedicated innovations to spread more comprehensively in the healthcare system. Read more

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Sep 2020

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new decisions about add-on and medical aid reimbursement of many medical devices from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) in August 2020. Decisions concern cartilage implant, energy return prosthetic feet, and Yttrium-90 microspheres. Read more

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Sep 2020

The Ministry of Health has adjusted the regulatory nomenclature of medical devices, separating software, which is a medical device, into a separate group. The classification of software is given depending on the potential risk of its use. A potential risk class is assigned to software regardless of the potential risk class of the medical device in combination with which it is used. The order does not apply to medical products previously submitted for state registration. Read more