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Optum Offers Free Online Wellness Program to Help Older Adults Stay Healthy and Active During COVID-19 Pandemic

Date posted: May 12, 2020

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Optum Helping People Stay Connected with Needed Behavioral Health Support During COVID-19

Date posted: May 11, 2020

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United Health Foundation Donates $500,000 to University of Chicago Medicine to Support Expanded COVID-19 Testing in Underserved Communities

Posted: April 28, 2020

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Optum’s efforts will increase California’s daily testing capacity by providing end-to-end testing of COVID-19, from collecting specimens to reporting results to individuals, over 80 sites across California.

Date posted: April 23, 2020

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New Study Shows Effectiveness of Polyester Swabs and Saline Transportation for COVID-19 Testing, Improving Testing Efficiency and Flexibility, and Protecting Health Care Workers

Date posted: April 16, 2020

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UnitedHealth Group COVID-19 Response

Date posted: April 15, 2020

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Sir Andrew Witty to Take Leave of Absence from UnitedHealth Group to Co-Lead World Health Organization Efforts to Accelerate a COVID-19 Vaccine

Date posted: April 15, 2020

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UnitedHealth Group will assist the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in distributing $30 billion in emergency funding to health care providers seeking assistance

Date posted: April 10, 2020

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UnitedHealth Group Accelerates Nearly $2 Billion in Payments and Support to Health Care Providers to Help with COVID-19 Financial Challenges

Date posted: April 7, 2020

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UnitedHealth Group Study Clears Path for Self-Administered COVID-19 Test, Improving Testing Efficiency and Protecting Health Care Workers

Date posted: March 25, 2020

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Diplomat, OptumRx Combining to Advance Access to Specialty Pharmacy Care and Infusion Services, Improve Health Outcomes

Date Posted: December 9, 2019

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Artificial Intelligence Adoption and Investments Growing Rapidly Among Health Industry Leaders

Date Posted: October 8, 2019

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More than Twice as Many Employers than 10 Years Ago are Planning to Increase Investments in Employee Health and Wellness, Optum Study Shows

Date Posted : August 21, 2019

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John Muir Health and Optum Launch New, Comprehensive Relationship to Advance Quality Care and Experiences for Patients in Bay Area

Date posted: July 17, 2019

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Optum completes acquisition of DaVita Medical Group from DaVita

Date posted: June 19, 2019

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Hospitals’ Top Priorities Swing to Growth over Costs for 2019

Date posted: June 12, 2019

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HealthTrust Selects OptumRx as Exclusive Pharmacy Care Services Partner

Date posted: May 7, 2019

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Successful Prescription Drug Discount Program Expands to Benefit More Consumers at Point-of-Sale

Date posted: March 12, 2019


OptumRx Receives Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute’s Excellence Award for Opioid Risk Management

Date posted: March 5, 2019

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Engagement in Well-being Programs Strongly Linked to Greater Employee Loyalty, According to Optum Study

Date posted: January 9, 2019

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OptumServe Awarded Two Contracts with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Date posted: December 19, 2018

Leading health services firm to provide telehealth lifestyle coaching and disability exams to veterans

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Optum Bank Data Tool Uses Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Analytics to Help People Increase Health Savings

Date posted: December 5, 2018

Updated Optum Health Finance Journey model gives employers enhanced strategies to help increase engagement and health savings of employee.

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Optum Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Leading the Population Health Management Market with Its Integrated Technology Platforms and Services

Date posted: December 4, 2018

Optum improves care coordination, patient engagement and total cost of care; makes it a valued partner for health care systems worldwide.

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Aetna and Ascension Join Five Other Leading Health Care Companies in Blockchain-Driven Effort to Address Health Care Provider Data Issues

Date posted: December 3, 2018

Pilot Launched in April under Leadership of Humana, MultiPlan, Optum, Quest Diagnostics and UnitedHealthcare

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Artificial Intelligence Key to Improving Health Care Quality, Reducing Costs, Industry Leaders Say

Date posted: November 15, 2018

OptumIQ survey of health care executives finds majority (91 percent) confident they will see an ROI on AI – although not immediately.

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High-Quality Hospitals Deliver Lower Cost Care 82% of the Time

Date posted: October 3, 2018

Advisory Board analysis shows reducing care variation key to bending the health care cost curve

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OptumRx Introduces 100% Sustainable Packaging for Medication Home Delivery

Date posted: August 16, 2018

First large-scale pharmacy care services company to implement fully sustainable packaging for temperature-sensitive prescriptions, reducing environmental impact

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Study: Patients Do Better When Physicians Follow Computerized Alerts

Date posted: August 15, 2018

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Optum Secures Place on Coveted $50 Billion Federal Government Contracting Vehicle

Date posted: August 9, 2018

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OptumServe Reselected to Provide Health Services to 9/11 Survivors, and U.S. Armed Forces

Date posted: July 24, 2018

Two contract renewals build on years of service to first responders and the military


Annual Health Care CEO Survey: Cost Control is Top Priority for Hospital Executives

Date posted: July 11, 2018

Advisory Board survey reveals sustained interest in nontraditional revenue growth, including direct employer contracting

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Optum, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Partnering to Expand Access to High-Quality Substance Use Treatment For Commercial Health Plan Members

Date posted: June 27, 2018

Eligible Optum members now have in-network access to personalized, evidence-based treatment at 14 Hazelden Betty Ford locations across the country


Humana, MultiPlan, Optum, Quest Diagnostics and UnitedHealthcare Launch Blockchain-Driven Effort to Tackle Care Provider Data Issues

Date posted: April 2, 2018


UnitedHealth Group Announces Leadership Actions

Date posted: March 13, 2018

Larry Renfro to lead enterprisewide growth efforts, Optum Ventures investment funds.


OptumRx Supports Kansans in Need Through Medication Donations Now Totaling More Than $20 Million

Date posted: March 8, 2018

Tens of thousands of uninsured and underinsured Kansans have benefited from innovative, first-of-its-kind state law.


Optum Named a Leader in Health Care Information Technology and Consulting Services by Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix

Date posted: January 17, 2018

Company recognized for its deep domain strengths, data assets, and enterprise technology and operations capabilities.


Leading Health Care Analyst Sheryl R. Skolnick Joins Optum

Date posted: January 9, 2018

Optum, a health services leader, announced that leading health care analyst Sheryl R. Skolnick, Ph.D., will join the company as Executive Vice President, Strategic Relationships.


DaVita Medical Group to Join Optum

Date posted: December 6, 2017

Combination designed to improve care quality, cost and patient experience through multiple payer relationships across physician-led, patient-centered ambulatory care services


AMGA, Optum Announce Collaborative to Help Care Providers Succeed in Medicare Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

Date posted: November 29, 2017

Seventeen care provider groups in the MIPS Collaborative to develop and share strategies, best practices.


Optum Announces $250 Million Fund to Invest in Next Generation of Health Care Innovation

Date posted: November 28, 2017

Optum Ventures to invest in and provide guidance to startups that apply information and progressive new technologies and approaches to solve health care’s most pressing challenges.


The Advisory Board Company Stockholders Approve Merger Agreement with Optum

Date posted: November 15, 2017

The combination of Optum and Advisory Board will bring a comprehensive approach to solving health care’s challenges.


Military Health System Beneficiaries to Receive Global Nurse Advice Line Services from Optum

Date posted: October 10, 2017

More than 9 million eligible military service members, retirees and their families will have 24/7 access to registered nurses and care coordination services.


Optum and The Advisory Board Company’s Health Care Business to Combine

Date posted: August 29, 2017

Combining The Advisory Board Company’s research and advisory services with Optum’s data analytics and technology capabilities to help health care clients adapt to the changing health care landscape.


OptumRx Opioid Risk Management Program Leads to Better Outcomes for Patients and Clients

Date posted: August 22, 2017

New program significantly reduces inappropriate consumption, dispensing and prescribing of prescription opioids.


Ret. Army Lt. Gen Patty Horoho Joins Optum to Lead Expanding Efforts that Serve Active Duty Military, Veterans and their Families

Date posted: July 31, 2017

Horoho has 33 years of experience leading large integrated health systems in the public and private sectors, and served as the 43rd Army Surgeon General. 


Veterans with Brain Injuries to be helped by New Tech and Tools Selected at Department of Veterans Affairs Competition Co-Hosted by Optum

Date posted: May 26, 2017

‘Brain Trust’ summit features technology solutions to help veterans with traumatic brain injuries, concussions and post-traumatic stress disorder


Optum and Merck Collaborate to Advance Value-Based Contracting of Pharmaceuticals

Date posted: May 25, 2017

Companies will use real world data to develop and simulate models linking payment for prescription medicines to patient health outcomes  


Michigan broadens efforts to improve outcomes for children in foster care

Date posted: April 26, 2017

Expanded internet portal provides caseworkers with children’s physical and mental health data to better meet their needs


Empower Retirement and Optum launch innovative, integrated HSA solution

Date posted: March 28, 2017

New health and retirement savings solution incorporates HSA balances into retirement income projections, giving a holistic view of retirement preparedness


Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), OptumCare to Combine

Date posted: January 9, 2017

Creates comprehensive ambulatory care services platform, including primary care, urgent care and surgical care services


AMGA’s Latest Collaborative Sees Significant Improvement In Adult Pneumococcal and Influenza Vaccination Rates

Date posted: December 7, 2016

Care providers improve historically low adult vaccination rates, signaling potential to reduce burden


Everest Group PEAK Matrix Report recognizes Optum as a Leader in Health Care Payer Information Technology Services

Date posted: November 30, 2016

Optum positioned as a Leader among more than 20 competitors.


OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy Partner to Expand Consumer Choice, Reduce Costs and Improve Health Outcomes

Date posted: November 29, 2016

Strategic relationship brings together OptumRx’s leading pharmacy care services with CVS Pharmacy’s leading in-store health and wellness capabilities, helping to engage consumers in a more valuable health care experience.


University of California and UnitedHealth Group to Collaborate, Work Strategically to Improve Health Care

Date posted: September 29, 2016

Early initiatives to include new OptumLabs data-driven research and discovery center, a focus on stimulating health care innovation at Silicon Valley companies, and training the next generation of data scientists


Frost & Sullivan Names Optum 2016 North America Company of the Year for Population Health Management

Date posted: September 27, 2016

Global Research & Consulting Firm Commends Optum’s Success in Addressing Diverse Value-based Care Needs in the PHM Market


Optum and Quest Diagnostics Partner to Help Make the Health System Work Better for Patients, Physicians, Health Plans and Employers

Date posted: September 13, 2016

Revenue services collaboration with Optum360 to reduce billing complexity and deliver new technology solutions to provide more transparency into costs, ultimately enhancing the patient experience for lab and related services


Optum call centers recognized with Best-in-Class Awards

Date posted: August 4, 2016

Awards from ContactCenterWorld, ICMI and NICE recognize excellent service in the customer management industry


Ribbon-cutting celebrates opening of new OptumCare Medical Group offices in Southern California.

Date posted: June 28, 2016

New OptumCare Medical Group offices meet individual health care needs with coordinated and comprehensive care 


Completion of New Affordable-Housing Community Celebrated in McCall

Date Posted : June 22, 2016

Investment partners include Optum Idaho, which invested $5.5 million of the $7.2 million to build the new development; land donated by Valley County


UnitedHealthcare Will Reimburse Kidney Donors’ Travel Expenses, Expanding Life-Saving Access to Kidney Transplants

Date Posted : June 13, 2016

Initiative aims to save lives, improve quality of life and drive down the costs of care by helping more people with late-stage kidney disease obtain a kidney transplant


Optum Idaho funds $420,000 community health initiatives grant in partnership with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Date Posted : May 31, 2016

Grant will fund efforts that help children with serious emotional disturbances (SED) throughout Idaho


Team from NORC Takes Top Health Analytics Prize at Health Datapalooza

Date Posted : May 10, 2016

Annual event brings together more than 2,000 stakeholders to discuss how best to put health data to work to improve patient outcomes


Optum teams with Medecision, TriZetto on New Offering to Streamline States’ Medicaid Management Information Systems

Date Posted : May 4, 2016

First-to-market, customizable approach will enable states to purchase only the information technology and clinical services they need, and avoid costly, time-consuming inflexible systems.


OptumRx and Walgreens Partner to Improve Consumer Convenience, Cost Savings and Outcomes

Date Posted : March 17, 2016

  • Includes 90-day prescription options at pharmacies nationwide at home delivery prices, and 24/7 access to pharmacists
  • Integrating OptumRx’s pharmacy care services solutions with Walgreens leading drugstore services will help reduce pharmacy costs and improve health outcomes



OptumRx Earns PBMI Excellence Award for BriovaLive

Date Posted : March 1, 2016

Industry’s First Specialty Pharmacy Video Consultation Program


Optum360 Wins “2015/2016 Category Leader”

Date Posted : February 23, 2016

  • Health care technology research firm KLAS cites Optum360 CAC platform’s performance and ease-of-use
  • Optum Enterprise CAC helps simplify hospitals’ adherence to essential compliance requirements


Optum and Availity Partner

Improve Health Insurance Claims Submission Process for the Benefit of Care Professionals, Consumers and Health Plans

Date Posted : January 20, 2016

  • Advances in completeness and accuracy expected to reduce the number of claims-processing errors and appeals, improve care provider and patient experiences, avoid unnecessary costs
  • Availity will implement Optum’s Advanced Claim Editing (ACE) solution into its Availity Health Information Network; Optum will use Availity’s network to connect to commercial and government health plans nationwide