UnitedHealth Group has expanded its behavioral health network by 25%

UnitedHealth Group has expanded its behavioral health network by 25 percent "over the last couple of years," according to president and COO Dirk McMahon.

Mr. McMahon told investors on a third quarter earnings call Oct. 14 that the network expansion includes complementary behavioral clinical practices that are owned and operated by Optum.

"Companies want to provide a broader range of resources and deeper levels of support for their employees and their families," he said. "And the groundwork we have been building is resonating in this rapidly evolving area."

The company added Huntington Beach, Calif.-based D'Amore Healthcare to its network in January, Boston-based Bicycle Health in March for Arizona Medicaid members and Chicago-based Compass Health Center in July.

Optum reportedly bought Refresh Mental Health, a network of more than 300 outpatient sites across 37 states in March.

Mr. McMahon said the company has also made improvements to navigation tools so that members are accessing the best care for their specific condition.

"You will continue to see us increasing access, quality, and affordability in this clinically important and sensitive area," he said.

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