High-Value Care

Monday, February 08, 2016

The concept of high-value care in health care focuses on eliminating unnecessary tests and treatments while still providing the best care possible for patients. Dr. Edward Hill discusses high-value care in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

High-value care means providing the best care possible for each patient, with efficient use of resources in an effort to achieve optimal results.

Waste in health care contributes to increasing health insurance premiums and increased out-of-pocket expenses.

The following three tests and treatments are commonly misused:

Imaging, such as X-ray and CT scans, within the first six weeks following the onset of low back pain usually does not change how patients are treated and is usually not necessary.

When sinusitis lasts for less than seven days, antibiotics should not be given. Sinusitis usually has causes other than the bacteria that antibiotics are used to treat.

Yearly electrocardiography, a test assessing the electrical and muscular function of the heart, is not necessary when there are no symptoms of heart problems or if someone has a low risk of heart disease.

Asking your health care provider questions about treatment options and risks of tests or treatments help patients stay informed and make decisions with the goal of having high-value care.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.