10 updates on UnitedHealth Group

Here are 10 updates on UnitedHealth Group's business transactions, leadership and legal dealings reported by Becker's Hospital Review since October.

1. Under a multiyear agreement, UnitedHealthcare will open 14 Medicare service centers in Walgreens stores across the U.S.

2. Walmart said its expanded telehealth pilot, announced in October, will use services owned by UnitedHealth.

3. Big managed care organizations like UnitedHealth and Humana saw their shares rise on new developments that may diminish the chance for "Medicare for All" being implemented in the near future.

4. UnitedHealth appointed Sir Andrew Witty as its president Nov. 11. 

5. UnitedHealthcare, the insurance arm of UnitedHealth, is facing another lawsuit that alleges the health insurer discriminated against members who received mental health services.

6. UnitedHealth appointed Patricia Lewis as its chief human resources officer.

7. Pennsylvania insurance regulators fined UnitedHealthcare after an investigation found the health insurer violated mental health parity laws.

8. UnitedHealth plans to expand its housing program for homeless Medicaid recipients.

9. UnitedHealthcare rolled out a new benefit aimed at lowering the use of imaging tests, surgeries and opioids for members with acute lower back pain.

10. UnitedHealth and its health services subsidiary Optum said they're undertaking a new effort to combine health insurance and medical care.

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