Optum looks to acquire Atrius Health. I’m quoted in the Boston Business Journal

Word on the street is that Optum wants to acquire Atrius Health, a non-profit 700-physician group. Optum, a subsidiary of the for-profit UnitedHealth Group, is the biggest employer of primary care physicians in the country, according to the Boston Business Journal (Atrius Health, state’s largest independent physician group, is in acquisition talks)

Here’s what I told the Journal:

“As a physician-led organization, Atrius can make a strong impact on healthcare quality and cost,” said David Williams, president of the Health Business Group, a Boston-based consulting firm. “But they need a strong balance sheet to play against (the state’s largest hospital groups) Mass General Brigham and BI Lahey. With backing from Optum, Atrius will be able to be a strong force in Eastern Massachusetts and have the ability to enter into meaningful, value-based contracts with private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid.”


By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

January 13, 2021

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