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27 - 29 October 2020
News Overview 5/2/18
OTWorld for government and politics

OTWorld for government and politics

Developments under the German Medications and Medical Aids Act (HHVG), a legally established collaboration between medical practitioners, orthopaedic technicians and orthopaedic-footwear professionals, and disability benefit will be the political topics at the world congress.

At the very start of OTWorld, attention will be focused on the global challenge posed by patient-based O&P provision. For this is the subject of the panel discussion as part of the opening ceremony featuring Klaus-Jürgen Lotz, President of the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology, Professor Volker Bühren, the Congress President, and Professor Friedbert Kohler, the President of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics. The latter will not only consider the world-wide work of the ISPO to improve patient care, but will also look forward to the efforts of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which last year published International Standards for Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Patient care – the political situation

Legislators have created a new general background for patient care in the shape of the German Medications and Medical Aids Act (HHGV). But what has changed since it came into force, and how will policy on medications and medical aids be shaped in the new election period? These questions will form the focus of a panel discussion on the second day of the trade show, where decision makers will come together to discuss both the problems and the opportunities. Klaus-Jürgen Lotz, together with his Vice President Alf Reuter, will be taking a look at the effects of this legislation on the OT industry. The panel will include:

  • Dr Roy Kühne: as a member of the Health Committee and reporter on medications and medical aids he played a leading part in the construction of the HHGV;
  • Dr Axel Friehoff, head of contract management and associations at EGROH e.G.;
  • Daniela Piossek, head of the Outpatient Health Market Department at BVMed;
  • Oliver Harks, head of purchasing management at GWQ ServicePlus GmbH;
  • Andreas Brandhorst, head of the Department for Contractual Dental Care, Medication and Medical Aids Provision and Economic Aspects of the Emergency Services at the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG).

Collaboration between medical practitioners & prosthetists and orthotists

Interdisciplinary collaboration between medical practitioners and prosthetists and orthotists is vital for the patient’s welfare. Yet at the same time we have Paragraph 128 of German Social Security Code V, which places it under suspicion of corruption. At the OTWorld Congress, which will be considering various subjects to show how this collaboration is needed, it will be correspondingly important to clarify what is actually possible and allowed. Dr Günther Moll from the Lich Orthopaedic Specialists Centre, Alf Reuter (BIV-OT), and legal counsel Jörg Hackstein will be discussing the question on Wednesday at OTWorld. Legal Counsel Bettina Hertkorn-Ketterer will also be answering ten important questions on collaboration in the Open Forum.

Disability benefit – effects of the German Federal Participation Act

What must patient care provide if participation in society is to be possible or remain so? This question will be considered by Dr Doris Maier, specialist in the care of paraplegics, Jörg Hackstein, Christiana Hennemann of International Childrens’s and Youngsters’ Rehabilitation Network rehaKIND, and legal counsel Ralf Müller-Päuker in a further panel discussion.

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