STAT+: Study finds heavier reliance on nurse practitioners, physician assistants after private equity takeovers

A new study suggests physician practices acquired by private equity rely more heavily on advanced practice providers like nurse practitioners and physician assistants and experience higher churn compared with their non-private equity owned peers.

The researchers used clinician-level and practice acquisition data to study changes in the makeup of clinician workforces at private equity-acquired versus non-private equity-acquired dermatology, ophthalmology, and gastroenterology practices between 2014 and 2019. Among their findings, published today in Health Affairs: Private equity-owned practices had more advanced practice providers than their non-private equity owned peers from pre- to post-acquisition.

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