Growth in U.S. healthcare spending continues on an unsustainable trajectory accounting for $3.6 trillion a year — with more than one-quarter spent on wasteful services. A notable portion of that waste is comprised of low-value care, which are treatments, diagnostic tests, and procedures that do not help patients, and, in some cases, harm them.
The provision of low-value care is widespread and continues mostly unabated, despite efforts to stem its use. These efforts have included deployment of value-based reimbursement models and consensus recommendations among care providers. But partnerships between health plans and care providers show promise to both promote high-value care and reduce administrative burden.