Check out our new blog series “Between The Lines”

It’s been said that “experts often possess more data than judgment.” At MDGuidelines, we’re proud to have both in equal measure, and we’re always looking for new ways to share our research findings and our opinions with you, our customers, our friends, and colleagues. Toward that end, we’re pleased to introduce a new blog series … Continued

Struck by a Duck? A Look into the Curious World of Medical Codes

Over the past 10 years, the healthcare industry has been engulfed by a sea of data. By some estimates, an average hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system generates more than 665 terabytes of data every day.1 Data is collected from clinician–patient interactions, lab tests, radiological images, diagnoses, treatment protocols, medical costs, insurance payments, and more. At … Continued

Striking Down Migraine Headaches Before They Start

Reading about migraines is enough to give anyone a headache. Not only is migraine the sixth most prevalent non-fatal condition in the world and the second most common cause of disability (low back pain still tops the list),1 it ranks as the number one cause of years lived with disability (YLDs) in individuals under the age … Continued

Spotlight on Inadequate Mental Health Utilization

I was surprised to learn that Mental Health Awareness Month was started in 1949, nearly seven decades ago. But have we made any progress since then? I would argue that although there is a general awareness in the United States that mental health conditions exist, we remain deficient in some extremely important aspects of the … Continued

MDGuidelines Webinar: The Medical Cost Burden of Disability

Registration Is Now Open! The Medical Cost Burden of Disability Webinar The role of disability management in health care cost containment May 17, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 PM MST Medical costs are an often-overlooked aspect of short-term disability. In this free webinar, the presenters will discuss ReedGroup’s latest research on the relationship between medical costs … Continued

The Worker Advocate

Sitting in a crowded legislative committee and listening to parties debate a bill inspired me to ask myself a very important question:  When all is said and done and my actions are measured, am I truly a worker advocate? The debate referenced above between bill proponents and a hesitant House Labor Committee was long and … Continued

Let’s Study Patient Outcomes, Not Hypothetical Costs Saved from Formularies

In a 2017 joint position paper on prior authorization spearheaded by the American Medical Association, 17 medical organizations representing clinicians, patients, and hospitals advocate that drug formularies should never be implemented based solely on cost criteria.1 Their first principle rightly states, “Any utilization management program applied to a service, device or drug should be based on … Continued

Research Brief: The Negative Relationship between Depression Severity and Antidepressant Adherence

Summary Antidepressant adherence has been shown to improve health outcomes and reduce workplace costs. We calculated antidepressant adherence rates using the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) acute and continuation phase treatment measures in a nationwide dataset (n = 5,648). We found that only 49% and 31% of patients were adherent in the acute … Continued

Take Cover from the Flu This Season

Defend against viral invasion with three simple steps   The flu season this year is nothing to sneeze at. The current H3N2 subtype of influenza A is a particularly severe strain that is affecting not only the young, old, and ill, but is also striking down people in their prime. This virulent flu strain is … Continued

Quench “Holiday Heart Syndrome” This Season

Let the holiday spirit into your heart – in moderation   ‘Tis the season to be jolly, which for many of us includes raising a glass of holiday cheer to toast the health and happiness of friends and loved ones. But for some, an overabundance of celebrating the season with champagne and spiked eggnog may … Continued