Waste in the Medicare Program
A National Cross-Sectional Analysis of 2017 Low-Value Service Use and Spending
Published in: Journal of General Internal Medicine (2020). doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06061-0
Posted on RAND.org on December 29, 2020
Low-value health care services offer patients little to no clinical benefit, increase spending, and may cause patient harm. The Choosing Wisely® campaign and other efforts to reduce health care spending have focused attention on reducing waste since low-value services were last cumulatively assessed in Medicare in 2009. Other studies have addressed different populations or explored predictors of low-value service use and spending. In this analysis, we provide updated national estimates of low-value service use and spending in Medicare in 2017.