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Getting to Know Hayes – Shannon Brode, MPH; Product Manager, Health Technology Briefs, Evidence Solutions

Posted by The Evidence Blog on November 22, 2016

Whether you’re a current or prospective client of Hayes, we feel it is important for you to know our team. Throughout the year, we’ll introduce you to another valuable contributor to the Hayes mission of providing fiercely-unbiased evidence. Meet Shannon Brode.

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It’s FDA Approved! But is it Ready for My Coverage Policy?

Posted by The Evidence Blog on June 22, 2016

The Hayes Client Symposium is just about 3 months away and we’re busy preparing our accredited sessions for our health plan clients who will be in attendance. I’m personally excited to be part of the session focusing on the FDA approval process and the impact this has on coverage policy. This is always a hot topic for our health plan clients.

Some background about the FDA:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can trace its origins as a federal consumer protection agency to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act. The 1906 Act was passed in response to public outrage at the startlingly unsanitary conditions in the Chicago meatpacking industry described by Upton Sinclair in his landmark book, The Jungle.

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Ameda or Medela: Which breast pump is better?

Posted by The Evidence Blog on May 5, 2016

In the last decade, there have been multiple revelations about the health benefits of breastfeeding. Babies that are breastfed exclusively in the first 6 months are less susceptible to ear infections and respiratory problems, and to developing allergies. As a result, the United States has experienced a 25% increase in nursing mothers since the mid-1990s. Even the IRS is weighing in on the issue; breastfeeding has been proven to be so beneficial, mothers get tax breaks for breast pumps.

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Aligning Doctors to Improve Quality at Memorial Hermann

Posted by The Evidence Blog on April 21, 2016

HIMSS16 brought together more than 41,000 healthcare professionals, with presentations by carefully selected experts in healthcare technology. One of the best-received presentations was by Shawn Griffin, MD, chief quality and informatics officer for Houston-based Memorial Hermann Physician Network. Now let me quickly admit my bias—Memorial Hermann is a client of Hayes. But how can you not love this question from Dr. Griffin?

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Why Smart Healthcare Executives Are Focusing on Evidence-Based Medicine

Posted by The Evidence Blog on April 8, 2016

Evidence-based medicine is one of those things that virtually everyone acknowledges is beneficial. But like eating a healthy diet and getting sufficient exercise, acknowledging the need and validity is much simpler than actual implementation.

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Hayes Report on Total Artificial Heart Now Available

Posted by The Evidence Blog on July 2, 2015

The total artificial heart has come a long way since Dr. Denton Cooley performed the first implantation at the Texas Heart Institute in 1969. That patient lived for 64 hours on the device until a donor heart became available. Now, 40 years later, heart transplantation remains the treatment of choice for patients with failing hearts, but the supply of donor hearts is limited and the wait-list growing. Those patients who can’t receive a heart transplant—either because they don’t meet transplant criteria or a suitable human heart isn’t available—may be treated with mechanical devices such as ventricular assist devices or total artificial hearts.

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Rapid Strep Test not Limited to Labs Anymore

Posted by The Evidence Blog on July 1, 2015

Red and swollen tonsils, fever, sore throat—these familiar symptoms could indicate either a viral infection or a more serious strep infection that has to be treated with antibiotics. Strep throat—medically known as group A streptococcal pharyngitis—affects millions of people each year and can be especially troubling for children (and their parents). The definitive test for strep is a throat culture with a throat swab from the patient taken at a doctor’s office and then sent to a laboratory for culturing. Although accurate, this type of testing isn’t speedy. It takes 2 or 3 days for the results, which can delay antibiotic treatment.

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How Do We Talk to Patients About End-of-Life Care?

Posted by The Evidence Blog on June 25, 2015

Hayes recognizes that few topics are as challenging for healthcare providers to have with patients as end-of-life care. Patients and their relatives may be reluctant to accept a grim prognosis, and it is only human for physicians to dread being the harbinger of bad news. Nevertheless, evidence shows that quality of life increases when patients express their own care preferences to providers and when those preferences are followed. Unfortunately, despite nationwide efforts to improve end-of-life care, these conversations are still not occurring as often or as effectively as they should, with dire consequences for seriously ill people. In fact, the results of 1 study show that patients are actually experiencing more rather than less pain, depression, and other alarming symptoms during their last year of life.

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The Evidence Behind Prophylactic Salpingectomy for the Prevention of Ovarian Cancer

Posted by The Evidence Blog on June 23, 2015

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest form of cancer among women. Over the last 50 years, there has been little progress in reducing mortalities via medical interventions. In addition, the screening tests designed to detect this type of cancer in earlier, treatable stages have yielded little success. In some cases, the tests have returned false-positives, resulting in unnecessary surgeries and subsequent complications.

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Hayes, Inc. at AHIP: Health Plan Transformation

Posted by The Evidence Blog on June 16, 2015

“Disruption” was the theme of the 2015 AHIP Institute. As such, the session, “How Health Plans Will Transform in the Next Five Years” forecasted the challenges and opportunities that are bound to surface. Between industry survey data and potential strategies that could be leveraged in the coming years, attendees learned about how to best prepare for what’s next in the health insurance industry.

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