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Research Letter
February 18, 2020

Private Equity Acquisitions of Physician Medical Groups Across Specialties, 2013-2016

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • 2Department of Health Care Management, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 3Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2020;323(7):663-665. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.21844

Acquisition of physician practices by private equity firms has accelerated,1,2 with unknown implications for care delivery and patient outcomes. However, available data are limited to single specialties or come from industry reports or opinion articles. A dearth of evidence and the use of nondisclosure agreements at early stages of negotiation have constrained the ability to evaluate this phenomenon empirically.3 In this study, we describe physician group practices acquired in 2013-2016 across specialties.

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