Deep brain stimulation

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The report presents a summary of the reimbursement situation for deep brain stimulation. Indications include Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor, cluster headache, and epilepsy.

Clinical scenarios include uni- and bi-lateral implantation of electrodes, implantation of DBS system, adjustment/programming of stimulator, removal of stimulator, and replacement of battery of pulse generation.

The only reimbursement within public / statutory health insurance systems is considered.

The report includes essential information about reimbursement, including:

  • Brief country-specific overview of reimbursement system
  • Procedure coding for technology
  • Diagnosis coding
  • Payment mechanism for technology
  • Reimbursement tariffs for technology
  • Restrictions on indications or scenarios for the use of technology
  • Policy considerations by payers and policy-makers about technology

Reimbursement information is provided for the following geographies:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • England (UK)
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

It is also possible to add analysis in Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

Manufacturers of the deep brain stimulation devices include:

  • Medtronic (Activa)
  • Abbot Vscular (Infinity, Brio, Libra)
  • Boston Scientific (GUIDE DBS, Vercise)
  • Neuropace (RNS System)
  • Aleva Neurotherapeutics (directSTIM, spiderSTIM)
  • Deep Brain Innovations (DBI) (TOPS)
  • Beijing Pins Medical Co (PINS brain pacemaker)
  • SceneRay Corporation (DBS system)
  • Med-Ally (VersaStim IPG Platform)

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Apr 2021

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Apr 2021

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Mar 2021

In late March 2021, multiple new procedure codes were introduced by the Code Service of the Finnish National Health and Wellbeing Institution (THL), including ten neuromodulation codes, 54 codes in the ophthalmology area, and three codes in the cardiovascular area.

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Feb 2021

On January 29, 2021, the Institute for the Hospital Remuneration System (InEK) has published the List of the requests for innovation funding (NUB) that were submitted by the hospitals in 2020. The medical technologies belonging to the cardiovascular, ENT, eHealth, gastrointestinal, neuromodulation, neurovascular, orthopedic, and other technology groups obtained positive status 1.

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Jan 2021

On January 18, 2021, a new version of the List of Reimbursable Products and Services (LPPR) was published. It contains new devices included in the LPPR list in November-December 2020, as well as other modifications made during this period. Newly-introduced devices belong to the cardiovascular (coronary stents), orthopedic, neuromodulation (deep brain stimulation), peripheral vascular (stent-grafts to treat aortic abdominal aneurysm), and other areas of care.

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