Swimming against the Current — What Might Work to Reduce Low-Value Care?

New England Journal of Medicine
October 2014
Colla, C.H.

Public acceptance of a role for policy in reducing the use of low value care in the United States is tenuous but increasing with growing awareness of the burden that health care spending places on federal and state budgets and with patients’ increasing exposure to health care costs. In recent years, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely program, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the National Quality Forum have advanced the dialogue about low-value care by identifying services that deserve that label. Drawing on HCFO-funded work, this commentary explores the role of demand-side and supply-side interventions in reducing the use of low-value care. 

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