The blog post, "Reducing Low Value Care," was written by
"Further discussions must take place in order to reach consensus on the exact aspects of care that are considered low value," said
"Our work highlights the importance of reducing low value care to the overall health care system in
Prior attempts to reduce cost-inefficient and clinically ineffective care, such as the Choosing Wisely initiative, have focused on the areas where there is general agreement. Identifying wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures has allowed physicians to make better decisions on a patient's care plan based on their unique situation and contributed to a reduction in the cost of care. Now, however, there is a need to move forward and understand where the new consensus exists on defining and measuring other areas of low value care. In the post, based on interviews with experts, the authors identify three areas where that consensus exists to begin further efforts to reduce it and improve quality and lower costs. They include:
- Medical errors, which are the highest priority reduction,
- Pricing failures, and
- Overuse and overtreatment.
"While there is still a lot of work to be done on better defining and measuring this phenomenon, what we learned through these interviews is key to reducing harm to patients and the high spending associated with it," said
Eliminating low value care is important to enhancing the patient experience, improving quality and lowering costs. And the savings gained could be used, for example, to:
- Expand access to insurance for the 27 million uninsured Americans,
- Offer enhanced coverage for high-value clinical care,
- Provide funding for social determinants of health, and
- Establish the means to provide long-term care, services and support that the growing senior population will soon require.
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