Optum Adds Seattle’s Polyclinic to Its Doctor Roster

Optum Adds Seattle’s Polyclinic to Its Doctor Roster

UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) Optum division is a key growth driver for the managed care giant, and M&A is a primary reason. During an investor day meeting in New York on November 27, UNH CEO David Wichmann mentioned the company’s acquisition of The Polyclinic, a 240-doctor group in and around Seattle, Washington. Of course Mr. Wichmann didn’t disclose a price. The 101-year-old practice began looking for a partner after developing a strategic plan that proved too costly even for a group of 240 physicians with 14 locations. The deal with Optum will allow it retain control as a physician-led practice and it will continue to operate under its brand name. The practice... Read More »
Q3:2018 Health Care Deal Dollar Volume

Q3:2018 Health Care Deal Dollar Volume

A total of $30.4 billion was spent to fund the 435 transactions reported in Q3:18, based on disclosed prices. The Hospital sector dominated the dollar side of deal making for the first time since 2013, accounting for 27% ($8.2 billion) of spending. A single deal accounted for 68% of the Hospital sector’s total, as RCCH HealthCare Partners, a portfolio company of Apollo Global Management, took LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT) private in a $5.6 billion deal. As the largest deal announced during the quarter, it accounted for just 18% of the $30.4 billion total. The Other Services sector made up 16% ($4.8 billion) of spending in the third quarter. Two deals helped to put this sector on the... Read More »
Avella Specialty Pharmacy Goes to OptumRx

Avella Specialty Pharmacy Goes to OptumRx

The auction for Riordan, Lewis & Haden’s portfolio company, Avella Specialty Pharmacy, was well under way back in February, according to industry sources. UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) Optum was reported to be in the lead, and then things went dark. It wasn’t until UnitedHealth Group’s third quarter earnings report was published on October 16 that the story ended. Some time in the third quarter, Optum acquired Avella and tucked it into its OptumRx pharmacy services subsidiary. The price wasn’t disclosed, but PEHub cited two sources saying the deal was valued at around $325 million. That’s pretty low, considering Avella’s previously disclosed... Read More »
UnitedHealth Doubles Down

UnitedHealth Doubles Down

UnitedHealth Group is not taking much time off this summer, in what continues to be one of the most active healthcare M&A years on record. It recently announced the acquisition of Peoples Health, a Medicare Advantage plan based in Metairie, Louisiana, that has 63,000 members. Included in the acquisition were four clinics plus Capital City Medical Group, a seven-physician medical group that practices near Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It also looks like UnitedHealth will be buying specialty pharmacy company Genoa Health from PE firm Advent International. Genoa Health has approximately 400 full-service pharmacies which are generally located within community mental health centers. The... Read More »
Physician Practices Kept Consolidating in Q2:18

Physician Practices Kept Consolidating in Q2:18

Investor interest in physician medical groups ramped up significantly in 2018, with 55 transactions announced in the first quarter, followed by 53 deals in the second quarter. The second quarter deals represent 29% of the total of 184 announced in the previous 12 months. Deal volume slipped 4% compared with the previous quarter but posted a 61% increase versus the same quarter a year earlier. Physicians in small practices have been under growing pressure from regulations and legislation, changes in reimbursement cycles and episodes of care. Under MACRA, they may be the lead provider when it comes to bundled payments, which makes primary care and hospital-based physicians of interest to... Read More »