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CVS Health is close to acquiring Oak Street Health for $10.5B


CVS Health is close to a deal to acquire primary care provider Oak Street Health for around $10.5 billion, including debt, marking the latest move among major healthcare stakeholders in acquiring primary care companies, the Wall Street Journal reports.

CVS nearing deal for Oak Street Health

According to people with knowledge of the matter who spoke to the Journal, the two companies are discussing a deal in which CVS would acquire Oak Street for a price of around $39 a share. If the deal goes through, it could be announced as soon as this week.

According to the Journal, "the Oak Street acquisition would further the company's long-term shift to broaden into businesses beyond retail pharmacy by adding doctors who can more fully manage patients' care."

Oak Street has more than 160 centers across 21 states and focuses mainly on caring for patients enrolled in Medicare. The company, which is based in Chicago, was founded in 2012 and specializes in caring for patients under value-based care arrangements.

Aetna, which is owned by CVS, has a growing Medicare Advantage business that would likely tie in with Oak Street's clinics, which care for about 159,000 patients under value-based arrangements, the Journal reports.

The move is the latest among major healthcare stakeholders acquiring primary care companies. In September 2022, CVS announced an $8 billion deal to acquire home healthcare company Signify Health.

Meanwhile, Amazon in July 2022 announced a $3.9 billion deal to acquire primary care company One Medical, Humana in September 2022 announced its intention to spend up to $550 million to purchase 20 CenterWell Senior Primary Care clinics, and Walgreens Boots Alliance in November 2022 announced a roughly $9 billion deal to acquire Summit Health. (Mathews et al., Wall Street Journal, 2/6)

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