5 Health Technologies to Watch in 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, we here are keeping our eyes fixed on the future for you. Increasingly healthcare-savvy patients want their providers to be up to date on the latest health technology advances, no matter what their stage in the FDA approval process. And while both patients and physicians may want these new drugs, procedures, or devices, payers may be equally unaware of the safety, efficacy, or patient appropriateness of the technologies they’re being asked to cover, particularly when they’re new to market and the peer-reviewed, published evidence is scarce.

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Topics: Health Technologies, Payers, Hospitals, Hayes Blog, Healthcare Evidence, medical devices

3 Ways Evidence Assists Coverage Policy Determination

With respect to health technologies, the cornerstone of any coverage policy determination requires an understanding of the following:

Does the technology work?

Is it safe?

For whom does it work?

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Topics: Health Technologies, Payers, Hayes Blog, Healthcare Evidence, Health Technology Assessments,

CMS Weighs the Evidence for Leadless Pacemaker Coverage

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed Decision Memorandum regarding coverage for leadless pacemakers. If approved, it will provide conditional coverage for leadless pacemakers only if they are used in an approved clinical study as determined by the Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) program.

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Topics: Health Technologies, Devices, Healthcare Evidence, Medicare, medical devices

Do Injections of Bone Cement Safely Relieve the Pain of Vertebral Fractures?

Posted by The Evidence Blog on May 9, 2012

Chances are you know someone who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis. But did you know that osteoporosis is responsible for 1.5 million fractures per year, especially in women? Approximately 90% of all hip and spine fractures among elderly women are due to osteoporosis.

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Topics: Health Technologies, Hayes Blog

We’re Helping Providers Improve Their Utilization Management Processes

Posted by The Evidence Blog on May 3, 2012

Is your institution interested in learning more about how adding an evaluation of evidence can improve your utilization management process? If so, then reserve your seat now to hear Hayes’ experts discuss how to use a clinically driven process to evaluate health technologies based on clinical effectiveness, patient safety, operational impact, and cost. You don’t want to miss this complimentary, 1-hour live webinar on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 1:00 pm ET.

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Topics: Health Technologies, Hayes Blog

Knee Shopping

Posted by The Evidence Blog on April 24, 2012

Total knee replacement is a popular and reliable surgical treatment for painful, arthritic knees. As the number of knee replacements in the United States rises—as the population increases and ages—the variety of available implants is growing. Currently at least 15 manufacturers market 30 to 40 different models of knee implants. However, according to researchers in the Lancet, evidence of clinical and cost effectiveness is often lacking.

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Topics: Health Technologies, Hayes Blog

Antibacterial Sutures: Do They Really Reduce the Number of Surgical-Site Infections?

Posted by The Evidence Blog on March 27, 2012

One of our most recent health technology assessments investigated antibiotic-coated sutures to determine whether they decreased the risk of surgical-site infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), surgical-site infections are the third most common cause of hospital-acquired infections, accounting for approximately 38% of all nosocomial infections. Despite improved infection control practices, surgical-site infections remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, and the average hospital length of stay increases by 1 to 2 weeks for patients who contract surgical-site infections.

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Topics: Health Technologies, Hayes Blog

Spinal Cord Stimulation: Potential But Unproven Treatment for Patients with Neuropathic Pain

Posted by The Evidence Blog on March 20, 2012

by Karen Matthias, MBA, RN, Vice President, Sales and Marketing

In the United States, approximately 8 of 100 people suffer from neuropathic pain, the type of pain that often seems to have no obvious cause. Symptoms may include shooting and burning pain or numbness and tingling.

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Topics: Health Technologies, Hayes Blog

Take Heart: Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Enters the Operating Room

Posted by The Evidence Blog on February 28, 2012

by Karen Matthias, MBA, RN, Vice President, Sales and Marketing

We all have family members or know others who suffer from some degree of coronary artery disease (CAD). Did you know that this is the most common type of heart disease and is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women?

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Topics: Health Technologies, Hayes Blog

Repeat After Me: Expensive Doesn’t Mean Better

Posted by Winifred S. Hayes, RN, PhD, ANP, Founder and CEO on February 10, 2012

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you’ve heard me say before that one driver of the skyrocketing healthcare costs in the United States is our penchant for more of everything—more tests, more medications, and more treatments. Another contributor is the misperception that if a technology is new, high tech, and costs more, it must be better than an existing, cheaper one.

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Topics: Health Technologies, Hayes Blog

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