Research Brief | No. 32 | November 2018

Reducing Low-Value Care: Saving Money and Improving Health

Unnecessary healthcare and inefficient care delivery are estimated to represent 14 percent of our healthcare spending. This is spending that could be eliminated without worsening health outcomes. Often termed low- and no-value care, this brief examines our health system’s struggles with respect to identification and measurement of low-value services. We find, however, that evidence around the strategies to reduce low-value care is fairly strong, particularly when the strategies are deployed as part multicomponent initiatives that align financial and non-financial incentives for both providers and patients.

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