By Leslie Small @ Fierce Healthcare 

It’s official: Optum, the healthcare services arm of UnitedHealth Group, will acquire The Advisory Board Company’s healthcare consulting and technology business for $1.3 billion.

The Advisory Board announced (PDF) the definitive merger agreement on Tuesday, confirming a report in July that the consulting firm was nearing a deal to sell its healthcare division to Optum and its education division to Vista Equity Partners.  

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