New Report: Utilization and Spending on Low-Value Medical Care Across Four States
- In 2019, the four states spent more than $630M on the 48 low-value services measured.
- In Colorado, Connecticut, and Utah, patients paid nearly $100M out-of-pocket on the 48 LVC services.
- A substantial proportion of LVC expenditures was concentrated in high-volume services and those frequently used in low-value clinical settings.
Video: Reducing Low-Value Care to Improve Health Equity
In the United States, low-value health care disproportionately impacts communities of color. By incorporating equity and the diverse needs of underserved communities in the definition of low-value care, we can encourage progress towards addressing health disparities. Watch our latest video here.
Changes in Use of Low-Value Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Hospital Overuse During COVID - How Many Older Adults Were Put at Risk for Unnecessary Procedures?
- Hospitals delivered more than 100K low-value procedures to Medicare beneficiaries between March and December 2020.
- Of these, almost half were unnecessary coronary stents, and approximately one-third were unnecessary back surgeries.
- Hospitals delivered low-value services to Medicare patients at rates similar to 2019.
- All hospitals on the U.S. News Honor Roll ranking overused coronary stents at a higher rate than the national average in 2020.