The healthcare industry is facing increased scrutiny and regulation, thanks to the growing trend of mergers and acquisitions. Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, has recently acquired numerous physician practices and is affiliated with over 90,000 providers in the US. This massive growth has raised concerns among state regulators, particularly in Oregon where there are already stringent health care market oversight laws.
Oregon is leading the way in advocating for more oversight in healthcare mergers and acquisitions. Other states, including Illinois, Minnesota, and New York, have followed suit and approved similar oversight programs. As a result, deals in these states are now subject to increased scrutiny. In addition to these states, five more states – Vermont, Washington, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and New Mexico – are currently considering legislation to begin or expand their own oversight programs.
This trend reflects a growing awareness of the need for greater transparency and accountability in healthcare mergers and acquisitions. As such, it is likely that we will see more regulatory action in this area in the future.