UnitedHealth Group’s Optum To Buy DaVita Medical Group for $5 Billion

And the lines, they are a blurring. Just days after CVS Health announced that it wants to buy Aetna for $69 billion, another megadeal looks to further integrate different functions in the health care system.

Optum’s proposed purchase of DaVita Medical Group means that the nation’s largest insurer will have a more of a presence in the provider side of the industry, the Los Angeles Times reports. Optum is a UnitedHealth Group business.

“DaVita Medical Group runs nearly 300 primary care and specialty care clinics in several states, including several facilities offering a variety of services in Southern California,” the Times reports. “It has about three dozen urgent care centers and six outpatient surgery centers nationwide. Optum already operates more than 1,100 primary care, urgent care and surgery centers through a business it has been expanding.”

Source: Los Angeles Times