Comparison of Low-Value Services Among Medicare Advantage, Traditional Medicare Beneficiaries

JAMA Health Forum

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About The Study: Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage had lower rates of low-value care (tests, treatments, and procedures that provide little to no clinical benefit) than those enrolled in traditional Medicare in this study of 2.4 million Medicare beneficiaries.

Authors: Brian W. Powers, M.D., M.B.A., of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, is the corresponding author.

 

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