In recent years, Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, has been acquiring numerous physician practices. As a result, the company owns or is affiliated with over 90,000 providers in the United States, which represents nearly 10% of all physicians. Despite this massive growth, most of these acquisitions have gone unnoticed by the public. However, a recent Optum purchase in Oregon has attracted significant attention from state regulators.
This trend towards increased scrutiny of healthcare mergers and acquisitions is becoming more common in many states across the country. Oregon is leading the way in advocating for more oversight in healthcare deals due to its already strict health care market oversight laws. Other states such as Illinois, Minnesota and New York have followed suit and approved similar oversight programs. This means that deals in these states are now subject to increased scrutiny.
Additionally, five other states including 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 scrutiny and regulation of healthcare industry mergers and acquisitions across the country.