News and blog posts

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Nov 2018

New national clinical guideline for spinal stabilization in adults with trauma contains a number of recommendations for stabilizing the spine in adults who have been exposed to a trauma. Read more

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Nov 2018

The Clinical Coding and Schedule Development Group develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England. In October, eight new procedure codes for operations on joints, morcellation of uterine leiomyomas, transurethral water vapour and water jet ablation for lower urinary tract symptoms and transoral surgery have been added to the CCSD Schedule. Read more

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Nov 2018

In October, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new interventional procedure guidance for selective internal radiation therapy for unresectable primary intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, one updated medical technologies guidance endoluminal stent graft system designed for treating aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta and one new medical technologies guidance for a titanium implant intended for use in people with chronic sacroiliac joint pain and three new medtech innovation briefings for device used for babies and children up to 30 kg who need mechanical ventilation, gammaCore for cluster headache and system that delivers warmed and humidified respiratory gases, including at high-flow rates. Read more

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Nov 2018

In partnership with NHS England, NHS Improvement has set out some of the principal proposed changes to the payment system in 2019/20. The proposals include a change of the default way of paying for urgent and emergency care (moving away from episodic prices), recalculated market forces factor values and options for how the tariff might be used to fund the new NHS supply chain organisation. Read more

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Nov 2018

On November 1, 2018, the European network for Health Technology Assessment, EUnetHTA, has announced that the patient groups’ input is required for a new Collaborative Assessment on a medical device for high-risk soft tissue sarcoma. The consultation is opened until November 30, 2018. Read more

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Nov 2018

The Dutch Healthcare Authority advises to reward health care providers in specialist medical care on the basis of the health benefits for the patient. Read more

19

Nov 2018

In the draft guideline for management of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse NICE recommended to offer a full range of non-surgical options to women with stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse before any operations. Read more

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Nov 2018

MTRC is offering an opportunity to access 2019 market access retainer scheme using the discounted price during November-December 2018. The benefit to our clients of entering into this scheme is the forward planning of market access-related project activities and more effective budget management. Read more

16

Nov 2018

The Health Data Agency published new DRG tariffs for hospital and outpatient care in the somatic and psychiatric area for 2019. Read more

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Nov 2018

Adding the MammaPrint® to the standard risk assessment in patients with early-stage breast cancer has not demonstrated health gains compared to the current way of determining whether a patient needs chemotherapy. Dutch National Health Care Institute has concluded that the test is not eligible for reimbursement from the basic insurance package. Read more

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Nov 2018

In October of 2018, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has published a single technology assessment regarding the external ultrasound stimulation - Exogen™ in the treatment of femoral or tibial non-union. The objective of the assessment was to evaluate the efficacy, safety and health economic documentation for EXOGEN™ compared to surgical treatment for the management of patients with non-union of a fracture. The results have shown that the present documentation does not give evidence to assess the clinical or cost-effectiveness of EXOGEN™ for the treatment of non-union fractures compared to surgery. Read more

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Nov 2018

In October, Danish Health Authority published new codes for the Health Care Classification System, including one surgical, nine medical codes and two codes for ultrasound diagnostics. These codes are used to classify procedures in the Danish DRG system. Read more