This summer, we have been fortunate enough to have been asked to speak at the 2017 Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management conference (AHRMM17). The organization is the premier membership group for healthcare supply chain professionals and we’re honored to have been invited back to speak. This year, we will present “Value Analysis and Evidence: The Keys to Bundled Payment Success."Read More
We get it. Time is valuable. Particularly your own. Whether you are a payer, a healthcare provider, or a supply chain or value analysis professional, you have to make the most of the time you have to get your job done. When it comes to your search for evidence to determine whether a medical technology is safe, efficacious, and the best option, maybe you only read the abstract of an original research article for a quick overview of the results. Perhaps you couldn’t access the full text of the article without incurring a charge. The truth is, we have all done it at one point or another, primarily because we believe that the abstract provides an accurate synopsis of the highlights of the study.
In many cases, however, it doesn’t.Read More
The rapid rise in the number of commercially available genetic tests, along with the growth of a genomic approach to healthcare, can make you feel as though you are standing at the entrance to a complicated maze. Not only are there currently more than 65,000 tests available, but many of these tests have their twists and turns in the form of classifications and subdivisions, with little to no quality research to prove their reliability, safety, and efficacy. This raises doubts not only about the ethics of performing some of these tests, but about which tests to cover.Read More
The relatively new science of pharmacogenomics is getting an increasing amount of attention as of late. According to the NIH, it is defined, somewhat simply, as “the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs.” It was born out of the fact that current drugs on the market are designed to essentially be a “one-size-fits-all” solution to a particular health problem. However, anyone who has had the patience to sit through the list of disclaimers in a drug commercial or strained their eyes reading the litany of potential side effects a pharmaceutical might have understands that drugs affect different people in different ways, despite their having the same condition. Some may experience the relief they seek, fulfilling the purpose of the drug with little to no ill side effects, while others may experience significant adverse conditions, including (rarely) death. The study of pharmacogenomics presumes that this is likely due to sequence variants in the patients’ genes.Read More
You might notice a preponderance of people wearing purple this month. That’s because it’s the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Go Purple” initiative to raise awareness about the devastating effects of the disease. Discovered by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906, the disease is defined by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) as “an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.” It is estimated that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s, and that it may rank as the third most common cause of death for older people, superseded only by cancer and heart disease.Read More
The quagmire that is the American healthcare system continues to leave payers, providers, and patients wringing their hands with the uncertainty of what lies ahead. Tired of waiting for the other shoe to drop and unwilling to leave their valuable employees without the coverage they need for themselves and their families, some companies have gone the self-funded, self-insured route. This path, while innovative and admirable, is not without complications and is not entirely immune from the current issues swirling around healthcare reform.Read More
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:
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
- Chiropractic treatment
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!Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More