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Drs. Gooch and Kahn author recent Viewpoint in JAMA

Thu, 01/16/2014

Drs. Rebecca Gooch and Jeremy Kahn authored a recent Viewpoint in JAMA about relationship between ICU bed supply and health care spending in the United States. The Viewpoint, entitled "ICU bed supply, utilization and health care spending: an example of demand elasticity", argued that ICU beds may create their own demand, leading to over-utilization. Drs. Gooch and Kahn argued that reducing the number of ICU beds in the United States may be a strategy to reducing costs without compromising quality.

Dr. Gooch also discussed this work at a "late-breaker" session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Annual Congress in San Francisco, California.