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UnitedHealth Deal for DaVita Medical Unit Wins U.S. FTC Approval

  • Colorado AG approved of sale to health insurer Wednesday
  • DaVita takeover will expand UnitedHealth’s physician unit
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UnitedHealth Group Inc. won U.S. antitrust approval for its $4.3 billion acquisition of DaVita Inc.’s physician practice group, letting the health conglomerate close a deal it struck 19 months ago to expand its business of taking care of patients directly.

The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it had signed off on the tie-up after UnitedHealth agreed to sell assets to resolve competition problems in the Las Vegas area. UnitedHealth, the U.S.’s biggest health insurer, will add DaVita’s medical clinics to the 35,000 physicians who already work for its Optum unit.