In the United States, low-value care is a pervasive problem. Low-value care can be defined as care for which harms, defined in terms of resource use, financial expenditure, or patient harm, outweigh clinical benefits. Defensive medicine, fragmented care, misaligned financial incentives, and cultural factors1,2 are all associated with low-value care.
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