Profile: UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH)
6 Dec 2013
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UnitedHealth Group), incorporated on January 25, 1977, diversified health and well-being company. The Company operates in four segments: UnitedHealthcare, which includes UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement and UnitedHealthcare Community & State; UnitedHealthcare Community & State; OptumHealth; OptumInsight, and OptumRx. The Company operates these businesses across eight markets: integrated care delivery, care management, consumer engagement and support, distribution of benefits and services, health financial services, operational services and support, health care information technology and pharmacy.
UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual works with employers and individuals to provide health benefit plans that provide personalized solutions to help members live healthier lives and achieve meaningful cost savings. UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual offers an array of consumer-oriented plans and services for large national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses and individuals nationwide, providing nearly 27 million Americans access to health care as of December 31, 2012. As of December 31, 2012, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual National Accounts served approximately 395 employer groups under these arrangements. UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual is engaging physicians and consumers and using information to promote well-informed health decisions, improved medical outcomes and greater efficiency.
UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual offers high-deductible consumer-driven benefit plans, which include health savings accounts (HSA) and health reimbursement accounts (HRA). UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement provides health and well-being services to individuals age 50 and older, addressing their needs for preventive and acute health care services as well as for services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals. UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement is fully dedicated to serving this growing senior market segment, providing products and services in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and United States territories.
UnitedHealthcare Community & State is provides economically disadvantaged, the medically underserved and those without the benefit of employer-funded health care coverage in exchange for a monthly premium per member from the applicable state. States using managed care services for Medicaid beneficiaries select health plans using either a formal bid process, or award individual contracts. As of December 31, 2012, UnitedHealthcare Community & State participates in programs in 25 states and the District of Columbia, serving approximately 3.8 million beneficiaries of acute and long-term care Medicaid plans, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Special Needs Plans and other federal and state health care programs.
UnitedHealthcare Community & State's health plans and care programs are designed to address the complex needs of the populations they serve, including the chronically ill, those with disabilities and people with higher risk medical, behavioral and social conditions. Programs for families and children focus on high-prevalence and debilitating chronic illnesses such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease, asthma, sickle cell disease, diabetes, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and high-risk pregnancies. Programs for the long-term care population focus on dementia, depression, coronary disease and functional-use deficiencies that impede daily living.
OptumHealth serves the physical, emotional and financial needs of 61 million individuals, enabling consumer health management and collaborative care delivery through programs offered by employers, payers, government entities and, increasingly, directly through the care delivery system. OptumHealth's products and services can be deployed individually or integrated to provide solutions, addressing a base of needs within the health care system. OptumHealth's simple, modular service designs can be integrated to meet varying employer, payer, government entity, care provider and consumer needs at a range of price points. OptumHealth offers its products, primarily, on an administrative fee basis whereby it manages or administers delivery of the product or services in exchange for a fixed fee per individual served, and on a risk basis, where OptumHealth assumes responsibility for health care costs in exchange for a fixed monthly premium per individual served. For its financial services offerings, OptumHealth charges fees and earns investment income on managed funds.
OptumHealth sells its products primarily through its direct sales force, strategic collaborations and external producers in three markets: employers (which includes the sub-markets of large, mid and small employers), payers (which includes the sub-markets of health plans, third party administrators (TPAs), underwriter/stop-loss carriers and individual market intermediaries) and government entities (which includes States, CMS, Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and other federal procurement). As provider reimbursement models evolve, care providers are emerging as a market segment for its health management, financial services and collaborative care services. OptumHealth is organized into five operating groups: Care Solutions, Behavioral Solutions, Financial Services, Collaborative Care, and Logistics Health, Inc.
Care Solutions includes consumer and marketing capabilities, such as distribution and financial services. Services offered include call center support, software, data analysis, certified insurance brokers and trained nurses, which allow health care payers and providers to acquire, retain, schedule, refer and manage large populations of individual health care consumers. Financial services includes Optum Bank.
OptumInsight is health information, technology, services and consulting company providing software and information products, advisory consulting services, and business process outsourcing to participants in the health care industry. Hospitals, physicians, commercial health plans, government agencies, life sciences companies and other organizations that comprise the health care system work with OptumInsight to reduce costs, meet compliance mandates, improve clinical performance and adapt to the changing health system landscape. As of December 31, 2012, OptumInsight’s products and service were used by four out of five hospitals, tens of thousands of physician practices and other health care facilities, approximately 300 health plans, nearly 400 global life sciences companies, and many government agencies, as well as other UnitedHealth Group businesses. OptumInsight’s products and services are sold primarily through a direct sales force. OptumInsight’s products are also supported and distributed through an array of alliance and business partnerships with other technology vendors.
OptumInsight’s technology products and services solutions are offered through four integrated market groups. These market groups are care providers (e.g., physician practices and hospitals), commercial payers, governments and life sciences. The Provider Solutions businesses combine a range of technology and information products, advisory consulting, and outsourcing services focused on hospitals, integrated delivery networks, and physician practices. OptumInsight’s Payer Solutions group serves clients that offer commercial health insurance or privately administer health insurance programs on behalf of federal or state governments (e.g., Medicare Advantage or Managed Medicaid). The business offers technology, services and consulting capabilities that supplement OptumInsight’s clients’ existing operations, as well as fully outsourced solutions. The business addresses diverse needs for payer clients, serving four primary areas: network performance, clinical performance and compliance, clinical performance and compliance and risk optimization.
OptumInsight Government Solutions helps state and federal governments improve the efficiency and quality of health and human services programs by offering a broad range of solutions, including financial management and program integrity, consulting and data and analytics technology and systems integration. OptumInsight’s Life Sciences business provides expertise in using real-world evidence to support market access and positioning of products, to deliver strategic regulatory services, to provide insights into patient reported outcomes and to optimize and manage risk to Life Sciences’ clients. Products include market access and reimbursement, health economics outcomes and late phase research, data and informatics services, regulatory consulting, epidemiology and drug safety and patient-reported outcomes.
OptumRx provides a multitude of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services. It serves more than 14 million people nationwide, processing nearly 350 million adjusted retail, mail and specialty drug prescriptions annually. . Its PBM services include benefit plan design and consultation, claims processing, manufacturer rebate contracting and administration, retail pharmacy network management services, mail order and specialty pharmacy services, Medicare Part D services, and a variety of clinical services, such as formulary management and compliance, drug utilization review and disease and drug therapy management services.
OptumRx provides PBM services to all members enrolled in the benefit plans that offer pharmacy benefits of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare & Retirement and Community & State businesses and also serves a portion of UnitedHealthcare’s Employer & Individual’s commercial members. . OptumRx also provides PBM services to non-affiliated external clients, including public and private sector employer groups, insurance companies, Taft-Hartley Trust Funds, TPAs, managed care organizations, Medicare-contracted plans, Medicaid plans and other sponsors of health benefit plans and individuals throughout the U.S. OptumRx’s distribution system consists primarily of health insurance brokers and other health care consultants and direct sales.
The Company competes with Aetna Inc., Cigna Corporation, Coventry Health Care, Inc., Health Net, Inc., Humana Inc., Kaiser Permanente, WellPoint, Inc., Medco Health Solutions, Inc., CVS Caremark Corporation and Express Scripts, Inc.
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