In a year dominated by proposed cross-sector health care mega-mergers like the CVS-Aetna deal, UnitedHealth Group flew somewhat under the radar. But America’s largest health insurer was far from idle. The prolific dealmaker continued to feed its multi-purpose Optum unit—which manages pharmacy benefits, provides health services, and conducts data analytics—including through Optum’s proposed acquisition of DaVita Medical Group and its nearly 300 doctor clinics, adding to an already 30,000-strong physician network. UnitedHealth’s 2017 revenues spiked 9% compared with 2016 to $201 billion. That was mirrored by a 9.1% year-over-year boost in Optum’s revenues, which grew to $91.2 billion.
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