February 27, 2024 10:08 am
States are intensifying their examination of health mergers and acquisitions

Over the years, Optum, a part of UnitedHealth Group, has acquired numerous physician practices and has been affiliated with over 90,000 providers. This makes up nearly 10% of all physicians in the United States. Despite this massive growth, most of these acquisitions have occurred with little public attention. However, a recent Optum purchase in Oregon has drawn significant scrutiny from state regulators.

Oregon is leading the way in advocating for more oversight in healthcare mergers and acquisitions. The state already has some of the most stringent health care market oversight laws in the country. Other states, such as Illinois, Minnesota, and New York, have followed suit and approved similar oversight programs. As a result, deals in these states are now subject to increased scrutiny. Additionally, five more states including Vermont, Washington, Pennsylvania

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