In the past, treatments with therapeutic devices to around 20 million members of the statutory health insurance fund per year were awarded to successful tenders – this also extended to treatments with electrical stimulation devices. The Appointment Service and Care Act (i.e. the “Terminservice- und Versorgungsgesetz - TSVG”), which regulates, among other things, allocation of appointments, minimum consultation hours and electronic patient files, has now heralded the end of invitations to tender for therapeutic devices.
In line with this positive development, HELLER MEDIZINTECHNIK GmbH & Co. KG is in position to supply your patients with high-quality electrical stimulation devices again. We are pleased to be able to contact you again and to provide convincing proof of our many years of experience in the field of TENS, EMS, peroneus-stimulation and Biofeedback.
We would be delighted to personally present our service concept to you within the scope of a device workshop – please use our Online form to make an appointment or contact us directly by calling +49 (0)6442 9421 0.
The aim of the Appointment Service and Care Act (i.e. the “Terminservice- und Versorgungsgesetz - TSVG”) is "[...] to give all statutory insurance fund policyholders equal access to outpatient medical care by shortening waiting times for appointments, expanding the number of consultation hours offered and improving the remuneration of statutory health insurance accredited physicians". For example, § 19b of the amendment to the regulation for statutory health insurance physicians (“Zulassungsverordnung für Vertragsärzte die Mindestsprechstundenzeit”) increases the minimum consultation time from 20 to 25 hours per week, which includes home visits. In addition, it is stipulated that doctors providing basic care – such as general practitioners, paediatricians, orthopaedic and ENT specialists, ophthalmologists and gynaecologists – must offer 5 hours of open consultations per week.
The remuneration for providing these additional services is improved as per § 87a. Doctors receive extra-budgetary payments, for instance, for successfully arranging an urgent specialist appointment, for acute services to patients referred through the appointment service office, or for services provided during open consultation hours or at the patient's first appointment.
The objective of improving patient care, has now also been brought in line with the new medical treatment regulation.Prescription templates are introduced to help physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists select the treatment best suited to their needs and decide on the duration and frequency of treatment for certain indications.
In parallel, the TSVG provides a qualitative basis for treatments with therapeutic devices, such as electrical stimulation devices: The provisions under Section 127 (1), (1a) and (1b) of the German Social Code (“Sozialgesetzbuch – SGB”), that were previously relevant to tendering will be deleted, and existing tender contracts will be phased out over the next six months till 30 of November. In future, contracts will be the foundation for high-quality patient care. Now that competition for quality has been restored, both prescribers and patients can again rely on service and product quality in the provision of therapeutic devices.1
With over 20 years of experience in the field of electrical stimulation, HELLER MEDIZINTECHNIK GmbH & Co. KG is your competent and reliable partner. With our premium-quality PG 09 electrical stimulation devices – complemented with our comprehensive service – we can offer your patients the best possible care.