Over the years, Optum, a subsidiary 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. Most of these acquisitions have occurred with little public attention, but a recent purchase in Oregon has drawn significant scrutiny from state regulators.
Optum’s acquisition in Oregon has sparked a growing trend of increased scrutiny and regulation of healthcare industry mergers and acquisitions. The state is leading the way in advocating for more oversight in healthcare deals, as it 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.
This increased scrutiny is not limited to just these states. In fact, five more states – Vermont, Washington, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and New Mexico – are currently considering legislation to begin or expand their own oversight programs. This reflects a growing trend of increased regulation and scrutiny of healthcare industry mergers and acquisitions across the country.