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UnitedHealth Group has acquired Crystal Run Healthcare, a prominent physician group in New York.

The deal for Crystal Run, a network of almost 400 doctors, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians, closed in late February. There was no fanfare. Neither company issued a press release. The deal only came to light from an email obtained by the Mid-Hudson News.


The move brings yet another large group of providers into UnitedHealth, which had more than 70,000 employed clinicians at the end of 2022. UnitedHealth is most-known for its health insurance arm, UnitedHealthcare. But the company has made a concerted effort over the past several years to buy physician groups, surgery centers, and other outpatient providers, and then funnel its insurance members to those entities as a way to keep more of the insurance premiums.

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