DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Health systems that employed fewer primary care physicians, had higher bed counts, or are investor-owned were more likely to provide more unnecessary or low-value care, according to the study from Johns Hopkins University. Researchers there analyzed data from medicare claims at 3,745 hospitals for 17 low-value services.

The low-value services in question included pap smears for women older than 65 — abdominal CT-scan with and without contrast — and spinal fusions for back pain.

According to the study which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Johns Hopkins University says the researchers then rated the hospitals using an “overuse” index, which was based on the Medicare claims for the low-value healthcare services.

When asked if southeast health had a response to the study — southeast health’s director of public relations Mark Stewart said quote –
“We don’t at this time. We are still evaluating the study and analyzing the findings.”

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