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Optum renews NHS commissioning support contract

Optum has won a three-year contract to provide commissioning support to Thames Valley and Wessex NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
The firm, which is part of UnitedHealth, has worked with the 18 CCGs (formerly known as South Central commissioners) since 2009 to commission activity referred to London-based healthcare providers.
However, after that initial contract ended it was retendered. Optum again got lucky and will now deliver “approximately £50 million per annum of acute activity” on behalf of the CCGs. The work involves supporting commission “pressure-points”, redesigning pathways and improving back office functions.
Katherine Ward, senior vice president, international business development, said:  “We are delighted to have been selected to continue our service to Thames Valley and Wessex NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, and to continue to help them deliver a high quality service while reducing costs.”
Optum has been an NHS outsourcing partner for a decade. It claims to have delivered £23 million of efficiencies for the Thames Valley and Wessex commissioners since 2009.

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Posted on: 01/04/2014

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