STAT+: UnitedHealth plots further growth in its profitable provider division

UnitedHealth Group's CEO Andrew Witty predicted sustained growth for provider division Optum Health, and said that UnitedHealthcare added 800,000 Medicare Advantage members so far this year.

Insurance giant UnitedHealth Group’s strong financial showing in the third quarter was driven in part by its fast-growing provider segment, Optum Health. 

UnitedHealth’s network of outpatient clinics and roughly 60,000 doctors is already more profitable than the company’s larger insurance division, UnitedHealthcare. UnitedHealth’s CEO outlined the company’s plans to expand Optum Health’s reach even further on an investor call Friday. 

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