Speakers Confirmed for Hayes 2017 Client Symposium

We are pleased to announce our lineup of guest speakers for this year’s Client Symposium. In addition to our keynote speaker, we are featuring two professionals who bring years of healthcare expertise and experience to our second annual gathering in the city of brotherly love.

The credentials of these sought-after presenters speak for themselves, so I’m going to let them do just that. Once you’ve read about their impressive backgrounds and accomplishments, head over to our registration page and reserve your spot at the Client Symposium today!

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Topics: Payers, Hayes Blog

NPR Segment Features Treatments for Low Back Pain

Last week, as part of their “Your Health” segment, NPR aired a piece about the effectiveness of various treatments for low back pain, with a focus on spinal manipulation. Lower back pain is a common complaint to physicians, and, as the article states, a common reason for the prescription of addictive narcotic painkillers. Other interventions can include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Chiropractic treatment
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Topics: Payers, Hospitals, Hayes Blog, Devices, Health Technology Assessments,

Getting to Know Hayes: Beth Bontemps, Product Manager, Prognosis and News Service

Posted by The Evidence Blog on April 19, 2017

Hayes is a company of real people and we’d like you to get to know us. This month, we introduce you to another valuable contributor to the Hayes mission of providing fiercely unbiased evidence. Meet Beth Bontemps.

Ms. Bontemps joined Hayes in September 2014 as a Senior Analyst. In 2017, she was promoted to the position of Product Manager, Prognosis and News Service.

She comes to Hayes from JR Associates Inc., a medical technology reimbursement consulting firm where she worked as a clinical and reimbursement consultant. 

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Topics: Hayes Blog

Top 3 Hayes Reports: 1st Quarter, 2017

Who doesn’t love lists? Especially lists detailing the best of the best, the most popular, the most in-demand. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of our top three Directory reports for the first three months of the year, in order of retrievals from our Knowledge Center. These three represent a mix of information important to both payers and providers.

If you’re already a subscriber, you can check out these reports at any time. If you’re not a Hayes member…what are you waiting for? Don’t forget, you can also purchase an individual report. Contact us to find out how.

Let’s get to the top three!

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Topics: Payers, Hospitals, Hayes Blog, Health Technology Assessments,

What Is the Role of Value Analysis in Bundled Payment Success?

Last week, I had the distinct privilege of presenting the keynote at the first annual Northeast Regional Conference of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP). With the ever-increasing push away from fee-for-service and toward value-based healthcare, I thought it pertinent to discuss the role of value analysis in the success of a health system’s bundled payment initiatives. Specifically, I wanted to highlight the role evidence can play in assisting value analysis professionals in their evidence-based decision making, as well as how it can help them define the part they play in the value-based purchasing environment.

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Topics: Health Technologies, Hospitals, Hayes Blog

“Dumb Data”: If I Only Had a Brain

In early March, Becker’s Hospital Review reported that MD Anderson Cancer Center placed their Oncology Expert Advisor project on hold. Announced in 2013, the joint effort between the hospital and the software giant was to be a revolutionary step forward in the use of “big data” to significantly improve clinical decision making and healthcare delivery. The article cites a number of reasons as to why the initiative was sidelined, not the least of which was cost. However, according to the article, a far more interesting complication arose involving MD Anderson’s electronic health record (EHR) system, which was changed after the program had begun. IBM Watson’s technology no longer communicated with the new EHR system and therefore had outdated information.   

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Topics: Health Technologies, Hospitals, Hayes Blog

On the Horizon: CAR T-Cell Therapy for Cancer Treatment

Traditional cancer treatments include procedures with which we’re all familiar: chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. But clinicians and scientists continue to work tirelessly to find a cure for the devastating disease. While immunotherapy has been in the news as of late as relates to the treatment of peanut allergies (see our blog, Peanut Allergy Drug Therapies Make National Headlines), there have been advances in its use for the treatment of cancer over the past few years. There are several biologic agents that are FDA approved for different cancers; these targeted therapies are aimed at destroying cancer cells without the troublesome side effects that accompany traditional cancer treatments.  

But there’s something new on the horizon from the world of immunotherapy.

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Topics: Health Technologies, Payers, Hospitals, Hayes Blog

Getting to Know Hayes: Mary McCabe Paine, RN, MPhil, DHSc, Director of Clinical Services

Posted by The Evidence Blog on March 23, 2017

Hayes is a company of real people. We’d like you to get to know us and the ways we strive to provide personalized service to you, our clients. This month, let us introduce you to another valuable contributor to the Hayes mission of providing fiercely unbiased evidence, and a leader in the concept of delighting clients. Meet Dr. Mary McCabe Paine.

Dr. Paine joined Hayes in February 2017 as Director of Clinical Services. She is tasked with providing leadership and oversight of the Clinical Research Support (CRS) and Client Services teams who play a primary role in responding to the ad hoc research needs of all of our subscribers, as well as providing educational services and new-user orientation. Additionally, Mary oversees production of the Clinical Research Response (CRR) and Search & Summary product lines.

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Topics: Hayes Blog, Healthcare Evidence

Tips for Supply Chain to Improve Physician Buy-In. Part 4 of 4.

Posted by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director on March 22, 2017

We’ve reached the final stretch of our physician engagement blog. Thanks for sticking with us! By now, we hope you’ve already applied some of our suggestions as to how to improve your physician buy-in. Don’t forget to share this blog with your supply chain and value analysis peers as well as the physicians in your hospital or health system. While you’re here, download our companion eBook for a lighthearted look at the challenges of physician engagement. Who couldn’t use a good laugh?

Let’s wrap up part 4 with our final piece of advice!

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Topics: Hospitals, Hayes Blog, Health Technology Assessments,

Approaches to Genetic Testing: Somatic vs Germline

Not all genetic tests are created equal. It’s a fact that applies not only to quality, but also to the information that the test reveals. Therefore, it is important to ask: should all genetic tests be assessed the same way? The answer is not a simple “yes” or “no,” but rather the question demands a closer look at the types of variants (changes in the DNA or other biomarkers) the test is assessing. This week, we will highlight the key differences between germline and somatic variants and the implications for tests that examine each.

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Topics: Hayes Blog, Genetic Testing, Health Technology Assessments,