Data helps shed light on progress being made
Just because a test is an option doesn't make it the right choice. There are dozens of procedures out there that, under certain circumstances, could be more harmful than helpful to patients, or at least unnecessarily costly. They're often done under the guise of, "just to be safe."
Cutting down on these wasteful and potentially harmful interventions is a critical step toward achieving a value-based health system, and efforts to curb these practices have been underway for some time. Recently, OptumLabs set out to measure how much progress has been achieved — and how much further we have to go.
Read the article,"Translating Shades of Gray: How can we accelerate value in health care?" for a more detailed analysis of these trends.