More beds mean too much care

Regions with excess hospital beds tend to provide patients with more services than they need, according to a new report by National Public Radio and Kaiser Health News. Patients in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area are more likely to undergo testing and other procedures due to the surfeit of hospital beds. They are also more likely to die in those beds. "One of the truisms of healthcare is that whatever resources are available, or whatever beds are built, they tend to get filled," said David Goodman, M.D., who studies end-of-life care at Dartmouth College's Geisel School of Medicine. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare