In recent years, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum has been acquiring numerous physician practices, with ownership or affiliation with over 90,000 providers, which accounts for almost 10% of all U.S. physicians. This expansion has largely gone unnoticed until a recent acquisition in Oregon drew significant attention from state regulators.
Oregon is leading the way in advocating for more oversight of healthcare market activities and already has some of the strongest healthcare market oversight laws in the nation. However, other states such as Illinois, Minnesota, and New York have also passed similar oversight programs, indicating a growing trend towards increased scrutiny of healthcare acquisitions. Additionally, states like Vermont, Washington, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and New Mexico are considering legislation to begin or expand their own oversight programs.
This increased scrutiny of healthcare acquisitions is indicative of a growing trend across the United States. As more states pass legislation to expand oversight of healthcare market activities, the impact of these acquisitions will likely face more scrutiny and regulation. This could have potential implications for the healthcare industry as a whole and the way healthcare providers conduct business in the future.