States are increasing their scrutiny of healthcare mergers and acquisitions

Spotlight on Healthcare Market Oversight: Oregon’s Fight for Increased Regulation in the Face of Big Acquisitions

As the healthcare industry continues to grow, so too does the need for oversight and regulation. This is particularly true in states such as Oregon, where regulators are advocating for increased scrutiny of healthcare market activities. In recent years, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum has been acquiring numerous physician practices across the country, with ownership or affiliation with over 90,000 providers.

However, this expansion has largely gone unnoticed until a recent acquisition in Oregon drew significant attention from state regulators. This is not surprising given that Oregon already has some of the strongest healthcare market oversight laws in the nation.

But other states are following suit. Illinois, Minnesota, and New York have also passed similar oversight programs, indicating a growing trend towards increased scrutiny of healthcare acquisitions. Additionally, states like Vermont, Washington, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and New Mexico are considering legislation to begin or expand their own oversight programs.

This increased scrutiny of healthcare acquisitions could have significant implications for the industry as a whole and how providers conduct business in the future. As more states pass legislation to expand oversight of healthcare market activities, it will likely face more scrutiny and regulation.

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