Hiring is a good thing but last year when closing down an office 180 employees in Orange County got an instant message and a bus ride to a hotel and were handed their walking papers.

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Certainly the impact of the big Tri-Care contract might have something to do with the expansion as well as they did sue to get the contract.  In addition the company has been battling it out with Blue Cross and other insurers for both the administration of Medicaid and Medicare.  The Tri-Care contract award looks at though it will put the Blue Cross Subsidiary Tri-West out of business as the insurers engage with technology wars. 

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Steve Larsen left HHS, who was the administrator directing the enactment of US insurance regulations is now Executive Vice President of Optum’s (United subsidiary) Health Unit.    He was the HHS executive who was slated for writing and creating most of the healthcare reforms is now on the United/Optum payroll.

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Through subsidiaries United is growing in California to include their purchases of independent physicians associations so via subsidiary actions their foot prints in southern California keep bigger.  For the company profits I guess this is a pretty good deal in southern California with the upcoming Tri-Care agreement and buying up large doctor groups as they work to control the business intelligence cost algorithms that determine where you can go and what medications you will be able to have under the Optum RX system. 


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Many of the new jobs will be to handle mail order prescriptions.  The Tri-Care contract is worth over $20 billion so there’s a lot of prescriptions that go along with it.  BD 

CARLSBAD, Calif. – OptumRx, a pharmacy benefits management (PBM) organization and one of the Optum companies of UnitedHealth Group, will create 600 new jobs in California by the end of 2013, including 250 at the new pharmacy order processing facility in Mission Valley to handle mail order prescription processing.

The new jobs are in addition to 400 new jobs OptumRx already has created and filled in California in 2012.

The announcement was made at a news conference today, attended by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Congressman Darrell Issa and Dirk McMahon, CEO of OptumRx, at the company’s existing mail service pharmacy in Carlsbad.

This year, UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) has announced more than 1,000 new jobs for the state, including 115 new jobs announced last month for the operations center in Chico, Calif., with the remainder split between Orange and San Diego counties and all expected to be filled by the end of next year.



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