News and blog posts

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May 2021

The Dutch Healthcare Institute (ZIN) is currently evaluating the implementation of the position on Flash Glucose Monitoring (FGM) published in 2019. The publication of the results of the first interim assessment is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021. Read more

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May 2021

The Treatment Council (Behandlingsråd) is a new model for assessing treatment methods and health technologies, expected to become fully operational during 2021. The first meeting of the Treatment Council is planned to be conducted in May 2021. On April 15, 2021, the method and process frameworks of the Treatment Council (Behandlingsråd) were sent for consultation to the parties who have previously submitted consultation responses regarding these documents. Read more

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May 2021

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI/TAVR) in severe aortic stenosis treatment across all surgical risk groups was being evaluated within the "New Methods" framework since 2019. On April 26, 2021, the Decision Forum for "New Methods" made a positive coverage decision for TAVI/TAVR to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis across all surgical risk groups. Read more

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May 2021

In April 2021, the Clinical Coding and Schedule Development (CCSD) working group, which develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England, has published Bulletins 0176 and 0073 with changes to be implemented not later than August 01, 2021. Four new procedure codes related to men's health and breast surgery and one new companion diagnostic code were introduced. Read more

03

May 2021

On April 22, 2021, the List of reimbursable implants and invasive medical devices, maintained by the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI), was updated with the corresponding Nominative lists of brand-specific devices. Two new Nominative lists with reimbursable devices used for peripheral vascular interventions were introduced. Read more

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Apr 2021

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently developing health technology assessments concerning eHealth technologies in its Medical Technologies Guidance, Diagnostic Guidance, and Medtech Innovation Briefing programs. As of late April 2021, there are thirteen ongoing assessments. Read more

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Apr 2021

On April 20, 2021, the Dutch Healthcare Institute (ZIN) published an annual report on the progress of the conditional reimbursement program. In 2020, there were 13 ongoing projects under the program, six of which concerned medical technologies. Furthermore, in 2020, percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic discectomy for the treatment of lumbosacral radicular syndrome in lumbar disc herniation was included in the basic insurance package as regular care. Read more

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Apr 2021

Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) develops national HTA guidelines to support decision-making in Ireland. In the first quarter of 2021, Health Information and Quality Authority published only one assessment on the topic of Extended Interval Screening by the Diabetic RetinaScreen Programme. Read more

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Apr 2021

On April 19, 2021, NICE has presented a new 5-year strategic plan at the virtual event. NICE provided clarifications and answered the questions on its strategy for 2021 to 2026 published in April that identified key trends and four strategic pillars indicating the significant changes NICE wants to make. Read more

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Apr 2021

The online application form is announced to be activated on April 26, 2021. The applications can then be submitted from May 31, 2021, to July 11, 2021. The applications made in 2021 will be reflected in the 2023 version of the SwissDRG. Read more

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Apr 2021

The Dutch Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) will accept applications for subsidies under the incentive scheme "eHealth at Home" until the end of 2021. This scheme is intended for digital apps that support the provision of care at home for the elderly and people with chronic illness or disability. Read more

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Apr 2021

The revised EBM (German Uniform Evaluation Standard) catalog came into force on April 1, 2021. Two new EBM codes for IVD tests were introduced, and reimbursement conditions for two IVD tests were amended. Read more