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Health insurers see growth potential in urgent care business

Some of the country's major insurers are showing that health systems aren't the only industry players expanding their reach into the booming urgent care business.

UnitedHealth's second-quarter growth all about expanding beyond insurance business

UnitedHealth Group  posted its second-quarter earnings Thursday, and it's clear the nation's largest for-profit health insurer continues to focus some of its efforts beyond the insurance business.

Did UnitedHealth Group outgrow AHIP?

UnitedHealth Group has remained mostly mum about why it is splitting from America's Health Insurance Plans at the end of this month. It's possible, however, that the nation's largest for-profit insurer simply outgrew the nation's largest industry trade group.

Optum pulls out of Healthcare.gov project

Optum, the technology wing of UnitedHealth Group tasked with buoying HealthCare.gov after its rocky start, is discontinuing its work on the government run insurance website after declaring "mission accomplished" on Thursday.

UnitedHealth expanding presence in patient care business

UnitedHealth is expanding its reach in the healthcare industry by getting into the patient care business, aiming to cut healthcare costs. Through its Optum unit, the largest insurer in the country has also become the biggest independent providers of urgent care.

UnitedHealth partners with Mayo Clinic on revenue management, patient experience

Two heavy hitters in the healthcare industry--UnitedHealth and Mayo Clinic--are partnering to use revenue management to boost patient experiences and lower costs.

UnitedHealth's MedExpress purchase could bring hybrid model to retail medicine

Looking to bring its consumer-focused business into the $15 billion convenient care market, UnitedHealth's Optum unit has purchased MedExpress, a national retail clinic chain with 140 locations across 11 states, for an undisclosed amount.

KLAS: EMRs don't yet meet ACO needs

Electronic medical records are not meeting the needs of physician-led accountable care organizations, causing providers to turn to third party ACO vendors to meet their needs, according to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.

New York ACO announces big wins, plans to expand

Although participating in an accountable care organization hasn't worked for every practice, as evidenced by nine of Medicare's original 32 Pioneer ACOs dropping out of the program earlier this year, the model has worked even better than expected in other instances 

UnitedHealth hires top HHS reform official

The top official in charge of implementing health reform is leaving the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and heading to the private sector to take a job with UnitedHealth.