Nationally and locally, the rising cost of health care has become a major focal point for improving the overall economy. At Partners HealthCare, we are committed to doing our part to avoid waste and unnecessary costs for our patients and for the nation’s health care system. Part of this effort includes providing the right care to every patient at the right time. This means that care is coordinated, and also means that duplicative and unnecessary tests that may even put patients at risk are avoided. In addition, this commitment means that we use practice evidence-based care to achieve the best possible outcomes for all of our patients.
Taking antibiotics when they are not needed is not cost effective, and can even cause greater harm, by causing bacteria to grow resistant to the antibiotics. This measure demonstrates how frequently doctors do not prescribe antibiotic for children ages 3 months to 18 years who are diagnosed with colds, viral sore throats, and other viruses.
This measure identifies overuse of antibiotics by showing how often a child between the ages 2 to 18 is given a strep test when the doctor prescribes penicillin or another antibiotic for a sore throat.
Partners HealthCare measures the percentage of generic drugs that our doctors prescribe for outpatients who are insured by private insurance companies. Our goal is to manage the high costs associated with brand-name medications when compared to similar generic drugs.
Our goal is to reduce 30-day readmissions over time in order to improve the quality of patient care and patient satisfaction, as well as avoid being financially penalized by Medicare.
According to the American College of Radiology, imaging is frequently over-used in the evaluation of uncomplicated low back pain and most patients return to normal activity within a month.