‘We’re Very Strong Believers In The Value Of Home Health’: UnitedHealth Group Affirms Commitment To Home-Based Care, Mum On Amedisys

Although leaders at UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) were relatively quiet about the deal for its Optum arm to acquire Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) during a Friday Q2 earnings call, they did touch on the high-level strategic fit. In fact, UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty doubled down on his company’s focus and investment in the home […]

What Comes Next: Exploring Optum’s Decisive Play For Amedisys

UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) Optum snatched Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) away from Option Care Health (Nasdaq: OPCH) at the end of June. If the $3.3 billion acquisition is finalized, Optum will own about 10% of the home health care market. It would represent a seismic shift for a traditionally mom-and-pop industry. It would represent consolidation, […]

Why Health System-Home Health Joint Venture Activity Could Heat Up

Rising costs, the return of Medicare sequestration, labor shortages and higher patient acuity levels have all contributed to health systems struggling financially over the past 18 months. Since the start of the year, at least half a dozen hospitals have either closed or announced plans to close. To stay afloat, many others have opted to […]

Optum Health Chief Nursing Officer: In-Home Care Opens Door to Longitudinal Support, Offers Critical SDoH Visibility

In-home care and health assessments give payers and providers the ability to better manage vulnerable populations while addressing social determinants of health (SDoH). That’s partly why UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) subsidiary Optum has invested so mightily in its home- and community-based care efforts, including its HouseCalls program, according to Optum Health Chief Nursing Officer Kristy […]

UnitedHealth Group Report Highlights Progress In Home- And Value-Based Care Efforts

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) released its 2022 sustainability report on Tuesday. The report examines the company’s advancement toward a host of long-term commitments, including broadening access to care and improved health outcomes. The company’s strategic growth priorities and sustainability priorities are highlighted in various parts of the report. “Our persistent commitment to sustainability serves as […]

What An Amedisys-LHC Group Combination Under Optum Would Mean For The Home Health Market

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) disclosed Monday that UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) Optum submitted an acquisition bid. That makes for a competition between Optum and Amedisys’ current merger partner, Option Care Health (Nasdaq: OPCH). At this point, it’s unclear whether Optum will ultimately land Amedisys, though early analyst comments suggest Optum’s bid may be more favorable […]