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FTC lawsuit challenges private
equity medical group deals
In September, the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) sued US Anesthesia Partners
(USAP) and the private equity firm
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in
federal court in Houston, alleging they
have monopolized large anesthesiology
practices in Texas, HealthNews Florida
November 30 reports.
Following the acquisition by the private
equity group, USAP controls 60% of
Texas' hospital anesthesia market, and
its prices are double those of other anesthesia
providers in the state. The firm
also holds large ownership shares in radiology,
orthopedic and other healthcare
groups. The lawsuit intends to show the
FTC will be scrutinizing these types of
" roll-up " deals that result in hefty price
increases and rate-setting, according to
the article. These deals by private equity
groups have increased in recent years-
and driven up costs. A February 2022
study from JAMA Internal Medicine
found that prices charged by anesthesiology
groups increased 26% after they
were acquired by private equity firms.
Experts say that private equity companies
are watching the suit closely-if
it is successful, it could have a chilling
effect on these acquisitions.
-https://health.wusf.usf.edu/healthnews-florida/2023-11-30/ftc-chief-gearsup-for-a-showdown-with-private-equity
Stronger
quads may reduce need
for knee replacement surgery
Stronger thigh muscles could help patients
to avoid knee replacement surgery,
HealthLine November 27 reports.
Preliminary research findings were presented
at the annual meeting of the
Radiological Society of North America.
Osteoarthritis is caused by age-related
wear and tear and often occurs
in those over 50. Some 14 million US
adults have symptomatic knee osteoarthritis,
and more than 600,000 patients
undergo total knee replacement surgery
each year. According to this study,
stronger quadricep muscles can help to
reduce the need for knee replacement
surgery.
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The researchers compared the thigh
muscle volume of 134 participants who
had osteoarthritis, half of whom had undergone
total knee replacement on one
knee, the other half having had no surgery.
They determined via MRI images
that a higher ratio of quadricep muscles
relative to the hamstrings led to a significant
reduction in the likelihood of total
knee replacement surgery.
-https://www.ormanager.com/briefs/
stronger-quads-shown-to-reduce-need-forknee-replacement-surgery
Professional
judgment from
nurses underutilized in planning
A comparative study found that nurses'
professional judgment is not being utilized
during workplace planning. The
findings were published in the November
2023 issue of the International Journal
of Nursing Studies.
Conducted in England and Wales, the
study found that nurses were consulted
for operational purposes during staff
shortages, but their professional judgment
carried less weight when determining
staffing levels at a strategic level.
The research team determined that this
disconnect could lead to lower quality of
patient care and increase nurse dissatisfaction,
potentially contributing to staff
shortages.
The study advises that healthcare
systems:
* allow nurses to formally articulate
their professional judgment for strategic
decision-making
* include contextual knowledge, both
* refine staffing systems to generate
better data around the complexity of
care and nursing workload.
As it currently stands, data is taken
into more consideration than professional
judgment for workforce planning.
The researchers note that empowering
nurses is critical to their professional
advancement and retention.
-https://www.ormanager.com/briefs/
study-professional-judgment-from-nursesunderutilized-in-workforce-planning
Virtual
sitting found to reduce
nurse burnout in new study
In this study, titled " An Experience Sampling
Analysis of the Impact of Video
Monitoring Technology and In-Person Sitters
on Nurse Burnout: The Moderating
Effect of Nurse Commitment and Mediating
Effect of Emotional Labor " and
first published by the Western Journal of
Nursing Research in August 2023, virtual
sitting technology was found to reduce
burnout among nurses, particularly
those who are already feeling drained
and less committed.
Virtual sitting is an alternative to oneto-one
sitting, where nurses are required
to sit with one patient around the clock.
The study looked at 524 survey administrations
provided by 74 nurses from
Alaska and Washington state, including
daily video monitoring technology
and in-person sitting, emotional labor,
emotional exhaustion, and nurse career
commitment.
The results confirmed that virtual sitting
was beneficial for nurse well-being
compared to one-on-one sitting, reducing
the effects of burnout. In a 2020
study in the Journal of Nursing Measurement,
researchers found that bedside
nurses viewed virtual sitting as an increased
resource for patient safety as
well. The study provides further support
for the benefits of virtual sitting, which
has already been shown in previous
studies to improve patient safety and
reserve hospital resources.
--www.ormanager.com/briefs/virtualsitting-found-to-reduce-nurse-burnout-innew-study
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