STAT+: Omicron’s speedy retreat helped bolster UnitedHealth Group’s bottom line

The Omicron surge didn’t lead to an explosion of medical claims at UnitedHealth Group, which contributed to higher-than-expect profits.

The relative brevity of the Omicron surge helped the bottom line at UnitedHealth Group.

UnitedHealth’s insurance division tallied 40,000 Covid-19 hospitalizations in January, the highest of any month since the start of the pandemic, executives said on an investor call Thursday morning. By March, that number fell to 2,000.

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