Berlin - In future, there will also be legal right to an independent second medical opinion for planned arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder joint. The Federal Joint Committee () today included corresponding addition to the second opinion guideline, as the panel announced.
So far, there has been second opinion for operations on the palatine and / or pharyngeal tonsils (tonsillectomies, tonsillotomies) and for Removal of the uterus (hysterectomies).
The subject of the decided second opinion procedure is all arthroscopic interventions on the shoulder joint, provided they can be planned and These are not emergency interventions that have to be carried out promptly.
The second opinion offer aims to support an informed decision-making process for the patient in the choice of surgical or conservative treatment options and to avoid medically unnecessary shoulder arthroscopy.
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Doctors giving second opinions must meet the requirements laid down in the second opinion guideline for the special, procedure-specific qualification. In addition, there must be no conflicts of interest that prevent the independence of the second opinion.
Authorization to bill second opinion services for planned shoulder arthroscopies can be applied for by specialists in orthopedics and trauma surgery as well as for physical and rehabilitation medicine from their association of statutory health insurance physicians. P >
The decision will be submitted to the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) for legal review. It comes into force after the BMG has not objected to it and it has been published in the Federal Gazette.