News and blog posts

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Oct 2022

On September 26, 2022, the health app “Rehappy” was delisted from the Directory of digital health applications (DiGAs) at the Federal Office for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). Read more

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Oct 2022

On September 23, 2022, the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health released an updated version of the National Laboratory code (NLK) system and associated tariffs for state and private laboratories to be implemented no later than November 01, 2022. Twenty-three new codes were added, six codes were changed, and 126 codes were terminated. Read more

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Oct 2022

In September 2022, the French National Authority for Health (HAS) published four new opinions, which were based on health technology assessment reports. They are related to neuromodulation and cardiovascular areas. The main goal of these HTAs was to support decision-making for the creation of new procedure codes in the Common Classification of Medical Procedures (CCAM) and to update the indications for implantable cardiac defibrillators with endocavitary lead(s) in the Intra-DRG list. Read more

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Oct 2022

In September 2022, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) in England released one MedTech-related report in its Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Journal, which concerned early computed tomography coronary angiography in acute coronary syndrome. HTA Journal publishes research reports on the effectiveness, costs, and broader impact of health technologies for those who use, manage, and provide care in the NHS and informs National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance. Read more

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Oct 2022

In mid-September 2022, the Danish Health Data Agency (Sundhedsdatastyrelsen) published an update of the Health Care Classification System (Sundheds-væsenets Klassifikations System, SKS). The most significant changes include: four new diagnosis codes, 14 procedure codes, and 46 additional codes (Tillægskoder) were added. The newly added procedure codes mainly concern the surgical procedures field, in addition to some other technology groups. Read more

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Oct 2022

On September 22, 2022, the Austrian version of the DRG system (LKF) 2023 model with the relevant supplementary documents was published in Austria. The document "Changes and innovations in the 2023 LKF model" summarizes the most significant changes and innovations in the LKF model for inpatient and outpatient care. The newly added procedure codes mainly concern cardiovascular, extracorporeal treatments, and peripheral vascular fields. Read more

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Oct 2022

The French National Authority for Health released new recommendations about add-on reimbursement of medical devices and medical aids from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies in September 2022. Thirty-eight recommendations were published in relation to the registration, modification of registration conditions, and renewal of registration for devices in the List of reimbursable products and services. Opinions concern cardiovascular and peripheral vascular, neurovascular and neuromodulation, orthopedic, endocrine, ENT, dermatological, and spine-related devices, as well as digital care and medical aids. Read more

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Oct 2022

On September 14, 2022, the Evaluation Committee published a preliminary (so-called announcement) decision on the further development of the German Uniform Evaluation Standard (EBM) catalog, which regulates the reimbursement of services in the public outpatient sector in Germany and is updated once a quarter (four times a year). Read more

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Oct 2022

A value dossier is a document of a certain structure that summarizes in a comprehensive and unbiased way all value-related messages for medical technology. The unique approach of MTRC is based on a deep understanding of evidence and data presentation requirements for market access processes in a large number of European countries. Read more

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Oct 2022

In September 2022, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published three new Interventional Procedure Guidance (removal, preservation and subsequent reimplantation of ovarian tissue, prostatic urethral temporary implant insertion, neurostimulation of lumbar muscles), and one new Medtech Innovation Briefings (iTind). Also, one Medical Technologies Guidance and three Medtech-related clinical guidelines were updated. Read more

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Oct 2022

In mid-September 2022, the Danish Health Data Agency (Sundhedsdatastyrelsen) opened the application period for 2024 DRG grouping logic changes. The deadline for the submission of the applications is November 11, 2022. Read more

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Sep 2022

Earlier this year, the CZ-DRG v5 was released in the Czech Republic by the Central Institute of Health Information and Statistics (ÚZIS). Currently, further changes are being implemented, and the CZ-DRG v5, revision 1, will be ready for implementation on January 1, 2023. Read more