News and blog posts

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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. Read more

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Mar 2019

Eleven new DRGs have been added in 2019, while three DRGs have been deleted. The significant changes have been made for disorders of the circulatory organs (MDC 5) and musculoskeletal, skeletal and connective tissue disorders associated with prosthetic surgery (MDC 8). They concern insertion of vagus stimulator, ablation of heart, percutaneous valve replacement, and others. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Feb 2019

At the beginning of February of 2019, the National Healthcare Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland, ZIN) has published an Overview of the healthcare activities which were excluded or included with restrictions into Basic Insurance Package. Read more

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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)”. Read more

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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. Read more

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Feb 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan, released on 7th of January 2019, will save almost half a million more lives with practical action on significant killer conditions and investment in world-class, cutting edge treatments including genomic tests for every child with cancer. Local NHS allocated £570 billion to fund the NHS Long Term Plan. Read more

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Feb 2019

Promising care must find its way to patients more quickly through inclusion in the basic health insurance. That is why the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has adjusted the promising care with the new subsidy scheme. Dutch Healthcare Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland, ZIN) carries out the scheme in collaboration with the Dutch Organization for Health Research and Development (Nederlandse organisatie voor gezondheidsonderzoek en zorginnovatie, ZonMw). The scheme will replace existing procedure with conditional reimbursement of medical technologies. Read more

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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). Read more

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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).” Read more