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Journal Article

Assessment of overuse of medical tests and treatments at US hospitals using Medicare claims.

Chalmers K, Smith P, Garber J, et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(4):e218075.

Overtreatment and overuse of healthcare services have been identified as potential sources of patient harm. Using Medicare fee-for-services claims, this study sought to describe hospital characteristics associated with 12 low-value services. Results showed the highest levels of overuse were associated with nonteaching and for-profit hospitals, particularly in the American South. The authors suggest interventions to decrease overuse and overtreatment could be targeted based on hospital characteristics and region.