News and blog posts

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Jul 2020

The HTA body of the Tuscany Regional Healthcare issues two types of documents: HTA forms and motivational forms. With a regional decree 9004 of June 18, 2020, Tuscany Regional Healthcare has published assessments of nine medical devices of various therapeutic areas. Read more

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Jul 2020

On July 14, 2020, the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) announced a new framework for reimbursement of the app supporting rehabilitation program for the total hip or knee replacement (moveUP app). The pilot study will start on October 1, 2020, in 15 hospitals. Reimbursement to other patients is planned to be established by September 2021. Read more

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Jul 2020

The revised EBM (German Uniform Evaluation Standard) catalog came into force on July 1, 2020. MTRC has compiled the selection of the most significant changes. Read more

27

Jul 2020

For the last three years, MTRC maintained a be-weekly newsletter with information about reimbursement and market access changes in European countries. From July 2020, we are extending this activity with an introduction of the paid subscription service HTA Alerts. It will include bi-weekly reports about initiated or published HTAs from 56 HTA organizations worldwide. Reports will be customized so that the clients receive notification for only relevant technologies. Read more

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Jul 2020

In February 2020, the Office for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) of Basque Country OSTEBA published an HTA report for efficacy and safety of mechanical thrombectomy (MT) in the treatment of patients with ischaemic stroke beyond 6 hours after onset or with an unknown time of onset. According to the report, the use of MT, together with standard medical treatment (SMT) in such patients, is justified provided that they meet the neuroimaging selection criteria applied to the studies analyzed. Read more

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Jul 2020

A new guideline on follicular lymphoma (FL) has been published as part of the oncology guideline program. The guideline was developed by 64 experts from 21 specialist societies and organizations under the supervision of the German Society for Hematology and Medical Oncology (DGHO). Read more

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Jul 2020

On June 16, 2020, HTA Austria – Austrian Institute for Health Technology Assessment (AIHTA), issued an updated report on the indications for proton and carbon ion therapy with an overview of confirmed indications, indications that are only recommended under clinical research, and excluded indications. Read more

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Jul 2020

In June 2020, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new diagnostics guidance (tests to help assess the risk of acute kidney injury for people being considered for critical care admission), one new interventional procedure guidance (for intravascular lithotripsy for calcified coronary arteries during percutaneous coronary intervention), one new medical technologies guidance (for Rezum for treating lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia), and four Medtech innovation briefings (for MolecuLight i:X for wound imaging and others). Read more

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Jul 2020

In March 2020, the Dutch Healthcare Institute advised the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport to simplify the reimbursement to diabetes care aids. In accordance with this advice, the Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring (RT-CGM) and ketone test strips will no longer fall under specialist medical care (MSZ) but will be covered by medical aid care (HMZ). The new scheme is intended to take effect on 1 January 2021. Read more

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Jul 2020

The French High Authority for Health (HAS) develops national diagnostic and care protocols whose objective is to guarantee the quality and safety of care delivery within the French setting. In the first half of 2020, national diagnostic and care protocols have been developed for eighteen topics. Read more

16

Jul 2020

The Corona warning app, developed on behalf of the German government, has been available for download in the Google and Apple stores since June 16, 2020. It is intended to help identify and break infection chains at an early stage. Users of the app receive a notification if they have been for a long time in the vicinity of a person who was later found to be infected with the coronavirus. Read more

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Jul 2020

On June 18, 2020, the network of European HTA agencies, EUnetHTA, published the final report for the rapid assessment OTCA21 "Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation (HGNS) for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea." Read more