HMV Updates – Review of 2021 So Far

Use HMV updates to reassess the chances of success of paused applications:

It is always worthwhile to take a look at the changes.

Stalled HMV applications, because the products could not be categorised or did not meet requirements, are often left undone and forgotten. At this point, we look back at this year’s updates. This will enable you to retrieve applications that may have been shelved and re-evaluate their chances of success. Very often, the updates are associated with an expansion of product types. In other updates, tests may be omitted or technical data may change, as happened in April with nursing beds. It is always worthwhile to take a look at the changes.

Product Group 50

Nursing aids to facilitate care (PDF, 357 KB in German)

Announced on April 6th, 2021
HMV-update affects:

  • Nursing beds
  • Nursing bed accessories
  • Bed accessories
  • Nursing bed tables
  • Seating aids to facilitate care
  • Wheelchairs with seat tilt
  • Position correction aids for bed sheets
  • Accessories

Product Group 19

Nursing articles (PDF, 331 KB, in German)

Announced on April 6th, 2021
HMV-update affects:

  • Beds
  • Bed accessories
  • Bed accessories
  • Bed liners
  • Disposable gloves
  • Accessories

Product Group 52

Nursing aids for independent living/mobility (PDF, 262 KB in, German)

Announced on April 14th, 2021
HMV-update affects:

  • Emergency call systems
  • Accessories for home emergency call systems
  • Care aids to improve cognitive and communicative abilities
  • Care aids for coping with and independently dealing with requirements and stresses caused by illness or therapy.

Product group 23

Orthoses (PDF, 8.6 MB, in German)

Announced on April 14th, 2021
HMV-update affects:

  • All types of orthoses

Product group 25

Visual aids (PDF, 1.3 MB, in German)

Announcement on 16 July 2021
HMV-update affects:

  • All types of lenses and spectacle lenses
  • Strabismus therapeutics
  • Trailers/translation glasses
  • Other aids for eye diseases
  • Various contact lenses
  • Various telescopes
  • Various magnifying glasses
  • Screen readers
  • Camera systems for computers
  • Computer keyboards with contrast enhancement and inscription magnification

It is essential to keep an eye on HMV updates for listed products.

Timely and adequate responses are important.

If your products are already listed, you must pay appropriate attention to the updates and the associated requests from the GKV Spitzenverband to update the documentation. Reacting in a timely and adequate manner is paramount. Those who do not react to changes in requirements of various kinds will experience that the listed products will be removed from the list of medical aids. Difficulties with cost reimbursement are then almost unavoidable. Information on updates of the product groups of the GKV Spitzenverband can be found here (in German).

The medical technical aids register and the annex to the list of nursing aids, which the GKV Spitzenverband compiles according to §139 SGB V, is a systematically structured catalogue. It lists the aids that are covered by the health and long-term care insurance funds. It is divided into 37 different product groups according to the respective therapeutic objective. The list of nursing aids consists of another 4 product groups.

Our clientswith corresponding service contracts will of course be informed in good time about the type and scope of changes.


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