Highland Among Top Hospitals Nationwide for Not Ordering Unnecessary Tests
Highland Hospital has been named among the top hospitals nationwide in a new study that looked at unnecessary hospital tests and procedures. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index ranked Highland fourth among nearly 3,200 facilities nationwide, just behind Scott County Hospital in Scott City, Kansas; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston; and West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, N.D.
The Institute found that more than 1 million tests and procedures performed in hospitals on Medicare patients from 2016-2018 met established criteria for overuse. Among the 12 low-value services measured, hysterectomy for benign disease, the placement of coronary stents for stable heart disease, and diagnostic tests like head imaging for fainting were particularly widespread, with more than 90 percent of hospitals overusing these tests or procedures.“Overuse in American hospitals is a pervasive problem that needs to be addressed,” said Vikas Saini M.D., president of the Lown Institute. “Hospitals want to do better and these objective measures of performance can help them move forward.”