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UnitedHealth gets FTC approval for $4.3 billion DaVita unit purchase

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 20, 2019
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Acquisition   The FTC approved the deal on condition that it sell a Las Vegas facility

UnitedHealth Group got an approval to buy DaVita’s primary and urgent care unit for $4.3 billion, the Federal Trade Commission said.

The deal is part of an effort by health insurers to cut costs by playing a more direct role in medical services, including shifting patients to cheaper, more accessible locations for routine or non life-threatening emergency medical services.

The FTC approved the deal on condition that it sell a Las Vegas facility to Utah-based to Intermountain Healthcare.

The deal was announced in December 2017 as $4.9 billion but was reduced last December to $4.3 billion.

DaVita will be rolled into UnitedHealth’s Optum unit, which has some 30,000 physicians. Denver-based DaVita operates medical groups in six states that serve 1.7 million patients through about 300 clinics.


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