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,

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,

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,

New Methodology Webinar Focuses on Supply Chain and Value Analysis

Despite the possibility of impending changes to current healthcare regulations, it appears, at least for the moment, that value-based purchasing and bundled payment plans are here to stay. As a result, hospitals and health systems must scrutinize their decision-making processes around health technology acquisitions, product standardization, and utilization management. As part of that process, it is incumbent upon both supply chain/value analysis professionals and clinicians to consider three important questions:

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Topics: Hospitals, Hayes Blog, Health Technology Assessments,

Evidence: We Set the Gold Standard

Posted by The Evidence Blog on March 1, 2017

We’ve been seeing some talk out there about the “gold standard” when it comes to evidence assessment. Some seem to believe they’re the only ones that provide it. But when it comes right down to it, all that is…is talk.

It’s not just enough to say you use the “gold standard” for evidence assessment. You have to define it. You have to live it. You have to embody it.

 Hayes does.

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

3 Questions with Dr. Nierman of Tufts Health Plan

Posted by The Evidence Blog on February 27, 2017

This week, we were fortunate enough to have a conversation with Dr. Nierman of Tufts Health Plan, located in Watertown, MA. The Tufts Health Plan is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1979, that is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality healthcare coverage. The plan offers members and employers an array of health management programs, which support evidence-based approaches to health and wellness. Dr. Nierman has served as the Medical Director for Medical Policy for more than 18 years, and took the time to speak with us regarding why the plan made the decision to subscribe to Hayes for our unbiased evidence evaluations to better serve their health plan members.

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

We’ve Got Your Back: Earn CE Credits with Our Vertebral Compression Fracture Webinar

Posted by Paula Goines, PhD, Medical Research Analyst on February 16, 2017

Meaning “porous bone,” osteoporosis occurs when the body loses or makes too little bone. The appearance of osteoporotic bone under a microscope does not reveal the traditional dense “honeycomb” pattern that gives the bone stability. Instead, the patterns are almost web-like, with large holes where smaller ones would normally be, causing the bone to be quite fragile. Depending on the severity of the condition, incidents as severe as a fall to as minor as a cough can cause bones to fracture, most commonly the vertebrae (spine). And unfortunately, chances are good you know or have known someone suffering from one of these fractures.

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

Evidence-Based Medicine and the Necessity of Science

Posted by Winifred S. Hayes, RN, PhD, ANP, Founder and CEO on February 1, 2017

There’s no disputing that the current state of healthcare is in flux. Regardless of public opinion and political leanings about the topic, the manner in which clinicians and health systems deliver care is changing, and more disruption to long-accepted paradigms is on the horizon. Though the move away from fee-for-service medicine has been in existence for some time, the adoption of an evidence-based approach in the provider market has been uneven at best. Perhaps now more than ever, a refocusing is required on just what evidence-based medicine (EBM) is, and why the application of the scientific method to healthcare delivery is essential to achieving the crucial Triple Aim.

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Topics: Hospitals, Hayes Blog, Healthcare Evidence, Health Technology Assessments,, Medicare

The Hayes Year in Review

Posted by Winifred S. Hayes, RN, PhD, ANP, Founder and CEO on December 27, 2016

2016 marked a banner year for our company. We are humbled by the loyalty of our ever-expanding client roster. At the same time, we take great pride in what we’ve accomplished over the last 12 months and we’d like to share some of those endeavors with you here. If you’re new to Hayes, or not yet a member, we invite you to view just a sample of the innovation and growth we’ve experienced as an indication of things to come.

So without further ado…

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