Hospitals overuse medical tests and procedures that don’t help patients, analysis finds

Abstract: “Overuse is ubiquitous,” said Dr. Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute. “Nearly every hospital is doing at least some things that patients don’t really need.” “There is improvement,” he added, “but it is very slow and it is very uneven.”

Saini, of the Lown Institute, said he hopes more attention on overuse will push hospitals to do better. “We’re trying to create new norms for what it means to be a good hospital,” he said.