If DOJ Blocks UnitedHealth/Change Deal, Dispute Could Linger

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering taking steps to block UnitedHealth Group’s planned acquisition of Change Healthcare Inc., according to press reports. Experts say the DOJ has a strong case — and that if UnitedHealth’s Optum division continues to pursue the transaction in spite of legal action, the suit could drag on for years.

In March, Change Healthcare and UnitedHealth received a request for additional information about their proposed tie-up from the DOJ, signaling that the department would be closely scrutinizing the deal. The American Hospital Association (AHA) sent a letter a few days before the announcement “respectfully request[ing] that [DOJ] conduct a thorough investigation of the proposed transaction because it threatens to reduce competition for the sale of health care information technology services to hospitals and other health care providers.” Legal experts and health care insiders agree with the AHA’s take on the deal.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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