Battle to Dominate At-Home Care Could Shape Senior Living Market and Brookdale’s Future

I recently wrote about the senior living implications of Option Care’s planned acquisition of home health giant Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED). The situation became even more interesting last week, with UnitedHealth Group’s Optum arm making an all-cash play for Amedisys.This news makes it more evident than ever that senior living providers must have business strategies that […]

How a Former UnitedHealth/Optum Leader Aims to Transform Senior Care with Lifespark

Lifespark recently announced the hire of Matt Nyquist, a former leader with UnitedHealth Group’s Optum arm, as chief population health officer. Nyquist will help lead Lifespark’s expansion to states beyond its home base of Minnesota later this year. Lifespark’s growth will mark another milestone in senior living’s evolution toward being more integrated within population health […]

What Optum’s $5.4B LHC Group Acquisition Signals for Senior Living

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) has agreed to buy LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) in a deal valued at more than $5.4 billion. With the move, UnitedHealth is combining Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group – one of the largest home health providers in the U.S. – and its Optum health care services arm, which is already integrated into […]

Turnarounds at GM, UnitedHealth Offer Lessons for Brookdale

In 2009, automotive giant General Motors (NYSE: GM) and insurance company UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) both found themselves at a crossroads—and the ways the organizations went about navigating their transformational times could provide valuable lessons for Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD). In June 2009, following years of turbulence and financial losses, Detroit-based multinational corporation GM declared bankruptcy. […]