UnitedHealth in the headlines: 8 recent developments

From releasing its fourth-quarter earnings to being investigated by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority, here are eight stories about UnitedHealth Group that Becker's has reported since Jan. 13:  

1. Clovis, Calif.-based Community Health System is back in network with UnitedHealthcare; the sides reached a new agreement after their previous contract expired at the end of 2022. 

2. The U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority is investigating UnitedHealth Group's proposed acquisition of the health technology firm EMIS Group. 

3. UnitedHealthcare launched a new virtual behavioral coaching program administered by Optum.  

4. The largest employer of physicians in the U.S. is not HCA Healthcare, the VA, or Kaiser Permanente — it's UnitedHealth Group's Optum, wiith at least 60,000 employed or affiliated physicians.

5. UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty told investors the company is planning to integrate more behavioral and home health services into its care delivery strategy as the company continues to expand its value-based care offerings.

6. UnitedHealthcare is projecting 900,000 more Medicare members in 2023 across its individual, group and D-SNP lines of business.

7. UnitedHealth Group said the so-called "tripledemic" of respiratory diseases in late 2022 had no noticeable impact on U.S. healthcare costs.

8. UnitedHealth Group posted a $4.9 billion profit in the fourth quarter of 2022. 

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