UnitedHealth could expand Optum's scope through $3.2B payment firm acquisition

Healthcare payment firm Equian was purchased by UnitedHealth for $3.2 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Three details:

1. UnitedHealth is buying Equian from its private equity owner, New Mountain Capital. Equian offers payment processing services aimed to prevent or reduce overpayments.

2. It's reported that UnitedHealth would include Equian in its Optum services arm, which would help Optum expand its business beyond healthcare through Equian's client base.

3. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.

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