A diversified health company that offers products and services through two platforms - UnitedHealthcare provides health care coverage and benefits services, and Optum provides information and technology-enabled health services.

December 8, 2017
Mark Bertolini, Aetna’s chief executive, could see half a billion dollars in compensation when the purchase by CVS goes through.

Schafer: Aetna sale spotlights CEO pay

Aetna Inc. CEO Mark Bertolini will collect about half-a-billion dollars when and if Aetna’s sale to CVS Health closes, according to the Wall Street Journal.…
December 5, 2017
Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group is in the sights of CVS and Aetna as they try to merge.

Schafer: CVS-Aetna deal is about catching up to UnitedHealth

Of the two competitors, the one to bet on is the one that doesn't need to operate a big network of brick-and-mortar stores.
September 23, 2017
Would turning the Twin Cities into a second Amazon company town be good for the region, when Amazon’s growth could come at the expense of a group of

Schafer: Could Amazon steal the Twin Cities' top talent if it expands here?

Complaining about competing against Amazon for workers would make Best Buy and Target look like whiners. But it's clearly an issue.
April 4, 2017
This Oct. 16, 2012, photo, shows a portion of The UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn.

Decision in Medicare case could have bigger upside for UnitedHealth

Federal ruling might influence two separate whistleblower suits.
July 31, 2016

Schafer: Changing health care landscape favors UnitedHealth Group

With uncertainty over Aetna's proposed purchase of Humana, the company with the dominant market share is going to remain Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group.
January 22, 2016

Optum, Parexel form alliance on clinical data

With Parexel as a partner, aim is to cut work doctors do on research trials.
June 16, 2015
UnitedHealth shares rose 2 percent as investors absorbed news that it has approached Aetna about a possible merger.

Merger speculation sweeps health insurance sector

UnitedHealth Group's reported interest in Aetna is just the latest in a string of industry deal scenarios.
April 17, 2015
The UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka.

UnitedHealth shares up 3 percent as earnings top Wall St. estimates

The health insurer's first quarter earnings topped estimates as results turned back fears of a spike in medical costs.
April 7, 2015
Stephen Hemsley, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group Inc.

UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley made more than $66 million in 2014

CEO Pay Watch UnitedHealth Group Inc. Stephen Hemsley, CEO Total compensation: $66,125,208 for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014 Salary: $1,300,000 Non-equity incentive pay:…
March 30, 2015
The UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka.

UnitedHealth pays $13 billion for pharmacy-benefit manager

UnitedHealth beefs up drug benefits role with Catamaran acquisition.
March 30, 2015

Five things to know about UnitedHealth

Here are five things about UnitedHealth Group and its deal to buy Catamaran Corp.:   1. UnitedHealth currently is the second-largest Minnesota-based company based on…
Minnesota United, MLS, Professional Soccer, Stadium Development
March 15, 2015

Should Minneapolis build an urban soccer stadium?

Stadiums are inherently a suburban style land use imposed on an urban core. Yet, this outcome still feels better than having stadiums in the 'burbs.
March 5, 2015
James Cook, of Cleveland, and his son Jumaane, 5, stood with other protesters outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning in Washington.

Insurers UnitedHealth, Medica have stake in health subsidy decision

Medica, UnitedHealth have big stake in Supreme Court health subsidy case
January 21, 2015
UnitedHealth Group's fourth-quarter results beat expectations.

UnitedHealth fourth-quarter earnings top estimates

Despite a $1 billion hit from the Affordable Care Act, earnings were better than expected.
December 2, 2014
Stephen Hemsley, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group Inc.

UnitedHealth Group rolls out upbeat earnings outlook

The insurer sees possible double-digit earnings growth rate as ACA costs moderate and its Optum division expands.
LifeScience Alley
November 20, 2014
Medtronic Inc. CEO Omar Ishrak spoke at the conference in the Minneapolis Convention Center, where leaders in the medical business shared ideas.

In era of growing risk, emphasis grows on medical device data

At a conference in Minneapolis, medical insurers had a message for devicemakers: Let's see the numbers.
November 14, 2014

UnitedHealth says it will compete for health exchange business in 23 states

The health insurer said it will be in 23 states, but not Minnesota.
UnitedHealth shakeup
November 13, 2014
This Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, file photo, shows a portion of The UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka.

UnitedHealth Group shakes up top executives; Boudreaux out

Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group announced changes Wednesday to its lineup of top executives, including the departure of Gail Boudreaux, who led the company's UnitedHealthcare division.
October 28, 2014

Optum buys Alere, provider of wellness services, for $600M

The deal will increase parent UnitedHealth's business with health insurance exchanges.
October 17, 2014
UnitedHealth's third-quarter results were helped by lower-than-expected medical expenses. It raised its outlook for the rest of the year.

UnitedHealth Group eyes growth on health exchanges

Insurer sees opportunity in ACA's second year, will offer plans in two dozen states.
UnitedHealth's Optum
October 1, 2014
UnitedHealth's Optum data services unit today acquired a fast-growing medical services company in Texas called MedSynergies Inc.

Optum acquires Texas health services firm

Optum, the data services unit of UnitedHealth, bought a fast-growing Texas company that provides software to help doctors improve their management of their practices.
High tech
September 11, 2014
Tech companies have taken over warehouse spaces in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The former trading floor of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange is now a co-wo

The changing face of high tech in Minnesota

Supercomputing is no longer center stage, but Minnesota's powerful tech firms quietly hum along.
July 18, 2014
UnitedHealth Group's second quarter results came in sharply above expectations.

UnitedHealth will ramp up offerings to state exchanges

The nation's biggest health insurer says medical cost trends "remained moderate."
July 14, 2014
UnitedHealth, doctors study way to lower cancer treatment costs

UnitedHealth, doctors study way to lower cancer treatment costs

In a study, per-patient lump payments to doctors and better monitoring led to a reduction in the price tag for treatments.
April 23, 2014

CEO Pay Watch: Stephen Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group

CEO Pay Watch UnitedHealth Group Inc. Stephen Hemsley, president, CEO Total compensation: $28,139,070 for the year ended Dec. 31 Salary: $1,300,000 Bonus: $3,100,000 Other…