News and blog posts

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Apr 2020

On 17 March 2020, NHS England announced that block contracts would be used to cover the period 1 April – 31 July, as the national tariff is suspended. Contractual arrangements for 2020/21 with NHS trusts/NHS foundation trusts and with non-NHS providers operating under the NHS Standard Contract were published. Read more

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Apr 2020

New material codes for a locking stylus for extraction of endovenous electrodes and system with recovery lasso for the extraction of endovenous electrodes by femoral approach were added to the List of reimbursable devices of the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) in April 2020. Some reimbursement conditions were updated as well. Read more

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Apr 2020

The HTA body of the Tuscany Regional Healthcare issues two types of documents: HTA forms and motivational forms. With a regional decree 3047 of March 2, 2020, Tuscany Regional Healthcare has published assessments of eight medical devices of various therapeutic areas. Read more

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Apr 2020

Patients with a newly diagnosed glioblastoma will have an opportunity to benefit from the therapy with tumor-treating fields (TTF) at the expense of statutory health insurance. The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) decided on March 20, 2020, the details concerning the indications and the quality assurance measures that will apply when prescribing this outpatient treatment method. Read more

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Apr 2020

In Norway, the mini-HTA for Tendyne Mitral Valve System designed for transapical implantation within the native mitral valve without the need for open-heart surgery and concomitant surgical removal of the failed native valve was released at the end of January 2020. The method was determined as efficient and safe. It was recommended to be introduced as part of the clinical routine in the hospital. Read more

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Apr 2020

OPCS-4 is a statistical classification for clinical coding of hospital interventions and procedures undertaken by the NHS. On 4 November 2019, OPCS 4.9 Classification of Interventions and Procedures was released. The implementation date is 1 April 2020. Read more

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Apr 2020

On March 27, 2020, the BMSGPK release the notes with the rules on diagnosis coding and administrative documentation for COVID-19 in hospitals as part of the project "Performance-based hospital financing (LKF)." Read more

10

Apr 2020

The French High Authority for Health (HAS) regularly publishes new decisions about add-on reimbursement for medical devices. The decisions made in February 2020 concern various types of devices, for example, cardiovascular and orthopaedic devices, diabetes management systems, and other types of devices. A total of 27 decisions were made. Read more

09

Apr 2020

MTRC released the report on reimbursement of diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in six European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Turkey). The report includes information about the availability of reimbursement, types of tests reimbursed, testing criteria. Download sample pages to assess the relevance of the report. Read more

09

Apr 2020

Balneophototherapy becomes covered by the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV) for patients suffering from moderate to severe neurodermatitis. The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) decided to include this treatment option to contract medical care on March 20, 2020. Read more

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Apr 2020

In March 2020, the Nomenclature was updated. The update brought changes regarding the creation of new codes, deletion of codes, modification of existing codes, and reimbursement conditions. Read more

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Apr 2020

On March 5, 2020, the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) announced the 11 high impact innovations that will enter the national accelerator in 2020. As outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, the technologies that enter the award-winning NIA provide solutions that help prioritize areas for NHS. Read more