Hayes, Inc. White Paper Advocates the Benefits of Evidence-based Medicare Coverage Decisions

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Evidence-based approach would reduce political and financial influences on treatment choices

Hayes, Inc., a woman-owned research and consulting firm that specializes in objective, evidence-based evaluation of health technologies, recently published and delivered a new white paper to key members of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress. The white paper, Evidence-based Coverage Policies and Appeals: The Foundation of Quality and Value in the Medicare Program, recommends incorporation of an evidence-based approach into Medicare coverage policy determinations, appeals processes, and medical practice.

“We believe that an objective and rational dialogue on the use of evidence throughout the Medicare system, including in development of both national and local coverage decisions and in the appeals process, supported by appropriate financial incentives and payment systems, is essential to address healthcare quality issues and the rapidly rising cost of the Medicare program,” says Dr. Susan Levine, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Health Technology Research & Consulting at Hayes, Inc. Dr. Levine is also an appointed member of the CMS Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee. Advises Dr. Levine, “Adopting and implementing an evidence-based approach will help to manage diffusion of health technologies, reduce disparities and variations in coverage and care, promote use of effective and high-value services, and ensure that our healthcare dollars are spent wisely.”
The white paper has been distributed on Capitol Hill to the co-chairs and key staff of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reductions, the chairmen of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP); and the Senate Select Committee on Aging, and to the co-chairs of the House Task Force on Health Care Innovation, as well as ranking leadership of the Senate Select Committee on Aging and other members of the House and Senate Leadership at CMS also received the document.

Hayes, Inc. is dedicated to helping health plans, hospitals, and government programs transform healthcare delivery and improve outcomes through the integration of evidence into decision making and policy development. Hayes’ unbiased information enables managed care organizations and government programs to develop defensible and transparent coverage policies, care management protocols, and best practice guidelines. Hospitals and healthcare systems rely on Hayes as a resource for strategic initiatives focused on safely reducing the cost of care while improving quality and clinical outcomes. We believe strongly that evidence-based, clinically sound processes will improve both the quality and the cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery in the United States and drive performance improvement under healthcare reform.

Hayes, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), is a nationally recognized leader in the healthcare field, and our proprietary Hayes Rating has become a standard in the industry.

For more information about Hayes, Inc., or to obtain a copy of this white paper, visit http://www.hayesinc.com. Or, contact Hayes, Inc. by mail at 157 S. Broad Street, Lansdale, PA 19446; by telephone at 215.855.0615; by e-mail at hayesinfo(at)hayesinc(dot)com; or by fax at 215.855.5218.

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