UnitedHealth to buy payments firm Equian in $3.2B deal  

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Optum may soon have a payment-processing platform under its wing that serves all but one of the 10 largest payers, The Wall Street Journal reports.

People familiar with the deal told The Wall Street Journal that UnitedHealth, Optum's parent company, has agreed to buy healthcare payments firm Equian in a $3.2 billion deal, and that the payer would likely merge it with Optum's health services division. The deal would be subject to regulatory approvals.  

Equian's technology analyzes insurance claims before and after payment and roots out mistakes and overpayments. It handles more than $500 billion in claims annually. The acquisition could help Optum expand beyond the healthcare industry, according to the report.

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