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UnitedHealth Is Grabbing Massive Amounts of Health Data In A Monopolistic Merger

Posted Originally by HEALTHCAREDIVE as Controversial UnitedHealth-Change tie-up gets new deadline for DOJ review

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Under a new amendment to an existing agreement with regulators, UnitedHealth’s proposed $13 billion acquisition of health IT vendor Change Healthcare could close February at the earliest.

AHA in March called on the DOJ to go over the deal with a fine-toothed comb, arguing UnitedHealth, which owns the biggest private payer in the U.S., might have an incentive to block access of competing insurers to Change, while resulting in less competition for health IT and revenue cycle management services.

The marriage would also consolidate a massive amount of health data under UnitedHealth, which could distort decisions about patient care, claims processing and denials, AHA said.

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