Optum, the healthcare arm of UnitedHealth Group, the largest insurer in the United States, recently announced its acquisition of Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA). The agreement signals that Optum is confident that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will continue to provide coverage for up to 30 million people. According to Optum Vice President and CEO, Andrew Renfro, the partnership with SCA “will allow us to continue the transition to high-quality, high-value outpatient surgical care, partnering with the full range of health systems, medical groups and health plans.” At the time of the announcement, Optum had clinical practices in 26 markets. SCA's management team, led by CEO Andrew Hayek, is expected to remain part of the merged company.
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