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Optum’s big push

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UnitedHealth Group’s Optum division is making its biggest push yet into patient care in Minnesota. It  will open up to 19 new urgent-care centers  in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” by the end of 2017. The centers are under the MedExpress name.

Optum is the direct-health-services unit of Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group, which runs UnitedHealthcare, America’s largest private-sector health insurer. The  huge insurer’s move into clinics recalls the move by some hospital systems into becoming insurers.

Optum itself is the nation’s largest provider of urgent-care services.

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