United Health Group is buying the healthcare business line of the Advisory Board Company to gain more access in the provider space and broaden ithe offerings of its Optum operating unit, which offers a wide range of services to healthcare organizations through software, technology and consulting services.

Both Optum and Advisory Board have developed expertise in value-based care, care management and risk purchasing, with Optum focusing more on provider organizations and Advisory Board having strengths in advising provider executive suites and in research, says Bill Spooner, founding advisor at Next Wave Health Advisors, a consultancy.

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