DaVita is one of the largest doctor groups in the nation.
The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and was entered into on December 5, 2017.
UnitedHealth’s Optum health-services division has been gobbling up physician practices and this recent agreement comes on the heels of Rx giant CVS Health’s $69 billion deal to buy Aetna. With medical groups in California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington, DaVita Medical Group will expand the market reach of Optum’s strategic care delivery portfolio, including Surgical Care Affiliates, MedExpress and HouseCalls. Patients will further benefit from the sharing of best practices across both organizations.
According to a press release from UnitedHealth, the merger is designed to improve care quality, cost and patient satisfaction through integrated ambulatory care delivery systems enabled by information technology and supportive clinical services. Optum’s data, analytics, technologies and clinical expertise will help DaVita Medical Group physicians deliver even higher quality care more effectively to the patients they serve.
I am so proud of the DaVita Medical Group accomplishments, including our excellent clinical outcomes as reflected in our star ratings performance, our strong emphasis on growing physician leaders, our teammate engagement and advancing the care model. The combination of DaVita Medical Group and Optum should lead to even higher levels of performance.
Combining DaVita Medical Group and Optum advances our shared goal of supporting physicians in delivering exceptional patient care in innovative and efficient ways while working with more than 300 health care payers across Optum in ways that better meet the needs of their members.
Once the sale is finalized, DaVita Medical Group will become part of Optum’s OptumCare division, which includes 80 health plans, 30,000 affiliated physicians and hundreds of care facilities. Joe Mello, chief operating officer of DaVita Medical Group, will continue in a leadership role in the combined entity, as will the DaVita Medical Group leadership team.
The physicians and clinicians of DaVita Medical Group provide outstanding patient care, and we look forward to supporting their continued success in serving their patients and communities. We also look forward to working closely with the leadership team of DaVita Medical Group to combine our capabilities and, supported by the data analytics and technology capabilities of Optum, enhancing patient care and the value we provide to the communities we serve.
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