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OptumCare, Surgical Care Affiliates Combine to Improve Patient Experience, Quality and Cost of Care

March 7, 2017

OptumCare and Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA) are combining and will work with more than 80 health plans to create a more comprehensive ambulatory care services platform, including primary care, urgent care and surgical care services.

SCA and its affiliates serve approximately one million patients per year in more than 30 states. The company is a leader in partnering strategically with many health plans, medical groups and health systems to align with physicians through value-based payment models that reward quality, patient experience and cost-efficiency.

With the combination, SCA will become part of the OptumCare platform, which serves millions of consumers annually through 20,000 affiliated physicians and hundreds of care facilities. The companies will offer compelling quality and value to patients and payers and support independent doctors’ practices as eligible surgical cases (e.g., total joint replacements) continue to migrate to the ambulatory surgery center and surgical hospital environments. Furthermore, with a focus on lower-cost health care services, OptumCare and SCA’s aligned strategies will support value-based payment models and a multi-payer approach to improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

For more information, please contact your UnitedHealthcare representative.