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Practice acquisition

Meet Howard Bland, MD, FAAFP

Investing in strong partners with a shared vision

Dr. Howard Bland graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. He completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He is the president of OptumCare™ Medical Group and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Bland pursued a career in medicine to blend his love for science and the practice of medicine with his passion for helping people improve their well-being. “Patients are responsible for their own health. It is my job to advocate for and educate my patients so they can make educated decisions about their health and have a long, happy and healthy life.”

“In today’s market, physicians can’t compete and continue to deliver top level care without a tremendous number of resources, especially IT support. Having a partner like OptumCare who can deliver the technology and other resources is very important.”

OptumCare offers physicians growth and leadership opportunities while providing the necessary technology, including implementation and back-end support, as well as other resources you need to compete in today’s changing health care landscape. Plus, OptumCare’s administrative support allows you to focus more on patient outcomes while improving the overall quality of life for you and your family.

OptumCare provides our physicians with:

  • Innovative technology solutions that improve efficiency through management of administrative tasks
  • Career development and professional satisfaction through leadership and mentoring
  • Enabling technologies that reduce waste and duplication while supporting you through the changes of the evolving reimbursement methodologies
  • Collaboration among OptumCare physician groups across Southern California including: AppleCare Medical Group, Monarch HealthCare, Primary Care Associates Medical Group, PrimeCare and Valley Physicians Network
  • Quick facilitation of referrals across the health care continuum
  • Comprehensive clinical data and analytics that support daily clinical practice with chronic care programs, case management and palliative care
  • Support of physician community involvement
  • Specialized programs such as disease management and palliative care
  • Balanced lifestyle
  • Improved benefits

For more information, please contact us directly.

American Board of Family Medicine
Centers For Family Medicine (OptumCare Medical Group) Seal Beach, CA

“OptumCare provided me with scalable technology-enabled tools such as electronic medical records, practice management systems and risk structures which unburdened administrative and financial challenges and allowed me to focus on improved patient outcomes.”

About Dr. Bland

  • Graduated from Pomona College, B.S. in Biology
  • Medical degree from Loyola University in Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine (1995)
  • Residency at Long Beach Memorial Hospital
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011, 2012, 2014)


Based on legal requirements and variations in each market, OptumCare either owns or manages physician-owned practices and coordinated physician networks within the family of OptumCare companies and affiliates. Regardless of model, each physician has complete authority with regards to all medical decision-making and patient care. OptumCare does not interfere with the medical decision making of physicians within the physician practices. Unless otherwise stated, references to OptumCare are to the integrated IPA or management systems which partner with affiliated physician practices.