logo
Share SHARE
FONT-SIZE Plus   Neg

UnitedHealth Wins $20.46 Bln DoD Contract

U.S. Department of Defense, or DoD has awarded UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) a contract, worth more than $20 billion, to provide managed care support to DoD's Tricare program, which was earlier held by TriWest Healthcare Alliance. The contract includes about 10-month base period and five one-year option periods for health care delivery, plus a transition-out period.

UnitedHealth is replacing the TriWest Healthcare Alliance, which had managed the 21-state TRICARE West Region for the Department of Defense for many years. The contract had been held since 2009 by the TriWest Alliance, which comprised nonprofit insurers and university hospital systems.

The West Region contractor will assist the Military Health System in operating an integrated health care delivery system combining the resources of the contractor and the military's direct medical care system, DoD stated.

The TRICARE West Region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, western Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

David McIntyre Jr., TriWest's president and chief executive, said the health-care provider was "disappointed that the Department of Defense chose to reverse their decision."

Consistent with federal regulations, TriWest expects to learn more about the government's decision in an upcoming debriefing. At this time, we will seek to ascertain whether it was appropriate and fair, and to determine our future course of action.

UnitedHealth Shares closed Friday at $55.59 on the New York Stock Exchange, were 3.02 percent higher at $57.27 in after hours trading.

by RTT Staff Writer

For comments and feedback: editorial@rttnews.com

Business News

Editors Pick
Embark Veterinary Inc., a startup that makes dog DNA-testing kits for pet owners, vets and breeders, said it has raised $4.5 million in funding from investors and relocated its headquarters to Boston. The company intends to use the new funding to expand its canine genetic testing suite for pet owners, breeders, and veterinarians. Intel Corp. has completely shut down its wearables division about two weeks ago, CNBC reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The company reportedly intends to focus on augmented reality. According to the CNBC report, Intel laid off about 80 percent of the team that made the Basis fitness watch in November 2016 and has now eliminated the division entirely. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating allegations that Amazon.com Inc. misled consumers about its pricing discounts, Reuters reported, citing a source close to the probe. The FTC probe is reportedly part of the agency's review of Amazon's proposed $13.4 billion deal to buy grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc.
comments powered by Disqus
Follow RTT