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Coloradans Received Over One Million Low Value Care Services in 2020

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Low value health care services are certain treatments, diagnostic tests, and screenings where the risk of harm or cost exceeds the likely benefit for patients. A new analysis released by the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) shows that in 2020, Coloradans received over one million unnecessary and potentially harmful low value health care services resulting in $134 million in excess cost for Coloradans and health insurance companies.

The low value care analysis is part of the recently released Affordability Dashboard and is the second analysis to be added to the tool in addition to cost of care information. This analysis includes 48 potentially low value services that can be evaluated using claims data.

Low value care services were identified by applying 2017-2020 claims in the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) to the Milliman MedInsight Health Waste calculator software.

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