News and blog posts

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Aug 2022

In July 2022, the Dutch Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) awarded 12 projects under the 2023 Open Round of the Efficiency Research program with a budget intended for funding research into clinical and cost-effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical care. Read more

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Aug 2022

On July 27, 2022, the EUnetHTA 21 released the assessment framework for high-risk medical devices (MDs) and in-vitro-diagnostics (IVDs). The objective of this deliverable is to define the framework for Joint Clinical Assessments of high-risk MDs and IVDs with a view to fostering national uptake of the Joint Clinical Assessments reports early in the life cycle of a single technology. Read more

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Aug 2022

On July 29, 2022, the Swiss Federal Statistics Office (UFS) published the 2023 version of the procedure code (CHOP) nomenclature in the German language. The newly introduced codes concern various technology groups, such as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, in-vitro diagnostics, neurology and neurosurgery, interventional radiology, orthopedics, gynecology, and others. Read more

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Aug 2022

On August 09, 2022, NICE updated the Evidence standards framework for digital health technologies, initially published in 2018. Artificial intelligence and data-driven technologies with adaptive algorithms are now included in the framework and user guide. NICE also aligned digital health technology classifications with regulatory requirements and outlined a subset of early deployment standards that can be used within evidence generation programs. Read more

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Aug 2022

In July 2022, the French National Authority for Health (HAS) published seven new opinions which were based on health technology assessment reports. These are related to endoscopy, IVD tests, neuromodulation, and primary care settings. The main goal of these HTA reports was to spoort decision-making for the creation of new procedure codes in the Common Classification of Medical Procedures (CCAM) and the Nomenclature of Medical Biology Procedures (NABM). Read more

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Aug 2022

In the second quarter of 2022, Health Technology Wales (HTW) published four MedTech-related guidance (extreme hypofractionated radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer, video laryngoscopes for use in pre-hospital care, electronic blood management systems, and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma). A total of 12 MedTech-related Topic Exploration Reports (TERs) were released in Q2. Based on the TERs conclusions, HTW decided to proceed with a full appraisal on three topics – photobiomodulation, topical oxygen therapy (NATROX) in chronic wounds, and video feedback interventions. Read more

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Aug 2022

On July 14, 2022, the Innovation Committee at the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) published the decisions, recommending the transfer to standard care for two completed projects. The projects relate to the improvement of sepsis management. Read more

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Aug 2022

The French National Authority for Health (HAS) released new recommendations about transitional coverage of medical devices and medical aids from the meetings of the National Commission for Evaluation of Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CNEDiMTS) in July 2022. Four opinions were published, and they concern devices in three technology groups. Read more

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Aug 2022

On July 15, 2022, the Austrian Institute for HTA (AIHTA) published five decision support documents, which provide recommendations regarding the inclusion of new medical interventions in the catalog of individual medical services of the performance-oriented hospital financing (Leistungsorientierten Krankenanstaltenfinanzierung, LKF) model, as well as four updates to previous decision support documents. The decisions relate mainly to cardiovascular and gastrointestinal technology groups. Read more

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Aug 2022

In June 2022, NHS Digital published a draft summary of core changes in OPCS-4.10, which will be implemented from April 01, 2023. OPCS-4 is a statistical classification for clinical coding of interventions and procedures undertaken within the NHS updated every three years. A total of 32 new three-character category codes and 228 four-character sub-category codes are proposed for the introduction. Read more

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Aug 2022

On July 20, 2022, Health Institute Carlos III released two HTA reports regarding endoanchoring systems in endovascular aortic aneurysm repair and transanal irrigation in bowel dysfunction. Read more

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Aug 2022

In the first half of July 2022, 13 new procedure codes were introduced by the Code Service of the Finnish National Health and Wellbeing Institution (THL). The introduced codes are dedicated to diagnostic imaging, surgical procedures, radiology, and some other fields. Read more