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$703 Million in Low-Value Care in Washington State | 10.31.19

The Washington Health Alliance found that an estimated $703 million was spent on low-value care between calendar years 2014-2017. The report finds that 10 areas of low-value care accounted for more than 90% of all low-value care. Learn more by clicking here.  I

Of approximately 9.5 million services examined for both the Medicaid and commercially-insured populations, 51% were found to be low-value (4,860,902).  An average of 846,973 individuals received at least one low-value service in each of the four years studied.  An estimated $703 million was spent on low-value care over the four-year period; and 10 areas of low-value care accounted for more than 90% of all low-value care identified.

The Washington Health Alliance used the same platform that MHI employs, Milliman's MedInsight Waste Calculator tool.

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