News and blog posts

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Jan 2019

In mid-June, 2018, the Catalan Agency for Quality and Healthcare Evaluation, AQuAS, published the Clinical Practice Guidelines for open-angle glaucoma. Read more

21

Jan 2019

Curafutura, an association of health insurance companies in Switzerland, started the initiative to change the current outpatient pricing structure (TARMED) in 2016. In late 2018, they let the public know that the new tariff structure for ambulatory medical benefits is almost ready to be submitted to the Federal Council. Read more

18

Jan 2019

Two mini-method assessments regarding intraepidermal nerve fiber density in skin biopsy and neurovascular structure-adjacent frozen-section (NeuroSAFE) during robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) were initiated by Oslo University Hospital in December of 2018. All finalized mini-method assessments are published in the National Database for Mini-HTA. Read more

17

Jan 2019

In late December 2018, the European HTA agency, EUnetHTA, announced the final report of the project OTCA06 - “Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients at intermediate surgical risk.” Read more

16

Jan 2019

Report presents summary of the reimbursement situation in Europe for peripheral intravascular ultrasound. Analysis covers iliac, femoral and popliteal arteries. Analysis is provided for admitted and day case hospital care. The analysis covers procedure coding, payment mechanism, reimbursement tariffs and policy restrictions in 11 EU countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Read more

16

Jan 2019

The report presents a summary of reimbursement situation for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in ambulatory settings. Both MRI with and without contrast are considered. All procedure codes will be provided in the analysis. When fee for service payment model is used, all fees for available reimbursement codes will be provided. The analysis covers procedure coding, payment mechanism, reimbursement tariffs and policy restrictions in 11 EU countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Read more

16

Jan 2019

The report presents a summary of reimbursement situation for cardiac resynchronization therapy. Report includes both Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Pacemaker (CRT-P) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D) are considered. The analysis covers procedure coding, payment mechanism, reimbursement tariffs and policy restrictions in 11 EU countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Read more

16

Jan 2019

The Federal Statistics Office has published, in late December 2018, the changes regarding procedure coding that would come into force in January 2019. The changes concern CAR-T cell therapy and intervertebral arthrodesis devices, among other treatment methods. Besides the changes implemented, the list of all requested changes in 2018 was published. Read more

15

Jan 2019

The report presents a summary of reimbursement situation for computed tomography (CT) in ambulatory settings. Both computed tomography with and without contrast is considered. All procedure codes will be provided in the analysis. When fee for service payment model is used, all fees for available reimbursement codes will be provided. The analysis covers procedure coding, payment mechanism, reimbursement tariffs and policy restrictions in 11 EU countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Read more

15

Jan 2019

In December of 2018, the completed mini-method assessment for targeted deep sequencing panel for patients with varying types of hematological neoplasia was released by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). The method was determined as safe and efficient and was recommended to become a part of routine clinical practice. Read more

14

Jan 2019

In January 2019, the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) released a new national clinical guideline, which focuses on the choice between radical prostatectomy and the option of active monitoring of prostate cancer. Read more

11

Jan 2019

Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) released changes in coverage of medical procedures, IVD tests and medical aids in Switzerland. They include extension of coverage for neonatal screening to severe congenital immunodeficiencies, extension of coverage under restrictions for TAVI, gene test for breast cancer, PET, PET / CT, local superficial hyperthermia during tumour treatment, external defibrillator and coverage for sub-urethral tapes for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women. Also, changes in the coverage for neonatal screening were introduced. Read more