CEO Emeritus, Hayes, Inc. 
Wini Hayes Consulting, LLC

Winifred S. Hayes, MS, PhD, RN, ANP, CEO Emeritus, founded Hayes, Inc. in 1989 in response to a growing need in the healthcare industry for evidence-based assessments of health technologies. Under her leadership, Hayes, Inc. has become an industry leader in providing unbiased, timely, clinically focused, evidence-based research and analysis to health plans, hospitals, managed care organizations, government agencies, and healthcare systems. In June 1999, in response to the public outcry for independent, external medical review within the healthcare industry, Dr. Hayes formed Hayes Plus, a national Independent Review Organization (doing business now as IMEDICS). She sold the company in October 2005 after it was firmly established in the marketplace. In August 2017, Hayes, Inc. joined the TractManager family of companies, providing clinical evidence analysis to their solutions designed to improve operational efficiencies and improve clinical outcomes. Dr. Hayes has continued to provide consulting support for both TractManager/Hayes and to other organizations (Wini Hayes Consulting, LLC).

Dr. Hayes was a founding member and the first President of the National Association of Independent Review Organizations (NAIRO). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization that is a leader in promoting healthcare quality through its accreditation and education programs. Dr. Hayes is an Associate of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation™ (WBL).

In 2000, Dr. Hayes received the Women of Distinction Award in the Greater Philadelphia area and in 2001 was selected as one of “Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business.” Both award programs acknowledge the personal and professional achievements of Pennsylvania businesswomen and their contributions to our economy.

Her expertise as both a clinician and consultant has made her one of the leading experts in the fields of evidence-based health technology assessments, utilization management, and clinical guideline development, as well as a sought-after speaker. Dr. Hayes publishes and lectures to managed care organizations, healthcare systems, and healthcare associations throughout the United States as an advocate for evidence-based decision making as a way to improve patient outcomes and healthcare resource allocation. 

Dr. Hayes received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (Bloomberg School of Public Health). A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, with Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science degrees, she has served as an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Occupational Health Nursing Graduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She also served on the faculties of Emory University and the University of Maryland. She is currently affiliated with the Senior Scholars Program in the School of Population Health Policy at the Thomas Jefferson University Medical College.

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