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UnitedHealth is buying hundreds of clinics in $5-billion deal as insurers push into patient care

UnitedHealth is buying hundreds of clinics in $5-billion deal as insurers push into patient care

UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's biggest health insurer, is spending nearly $5 billion to buy hundreds of clinics, just three days after rival Aetna Inc. announced a tie-up with CVS Health Corp.

Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth said Wednesday that its Optum segment will buy the DaVita Medical Group from DaVita Inc. in a cash deal expected to close next year.

Health insurers have been pushing deeper into managing or providing patient care in order to cut costs and improve health, especially for people with chronic conditions.

DaVita Medical Group runs nearly 300 primary care and specialty care clinics in several states, including several facilities offering a...

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