Just Released: Our Latest Health Waste Calculator Report!

Our second “First, Do No Harm: Calculating Health Care Waste in Washington State” is out. This year’s report looks at 48 measures of common medical treatments, tests and procedures using the MedInsight Health Waste Calculator from Milliman.  The report found that an estimated $341 million was spent on unnecessary health care in Washington state during a one-year period and that of the 2.9 million services examined, 47% were found to be wasteful.  Additionally, the report found that of the 2 million patients receiving one or more of the 48 health care services examined, one half – 1,020,081 individuals –  received care considered low-value or wasteful.  See the full report HERE.

Published: December 11, 2018

About Washington Health Alliance

The Washington Health Alliance is a place where stakeholders work collaboratively to transform Washington state’s health care system for the better. The Alliance brings together organizations that share a commitment to drive change in our health care system by offering a forum for critical conversation and aligned efforts by stakeholders: purchasers, providers, health plans, consumers and other health care partners. The Alliance believes strongly in transparency and offers trusted and credible reporting of progress on measures of health care quality and value. The Alliance is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 185 member organizations. A cornerstone of the Alliance's work is the Community Checkup, a report to the public comparing the performance of medical groups, hospitals and health plans and offering a community-level view on important measures of health care quality (www.wacommunitycheckup.org).

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