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Justice Department to appeal the ruling that cleared the UnitedHealth-Change merger & 5 more updates

Here are six updates from UnitedHealthcare, one of the largest payers, since Nov. 17:

1. The Justice Department plans to appeal a September court ruling that cleared the path for UnitedHealth Group to move forward with its $7.8 billion acquisition of Change Healthcare. 

2. UnitedHealth Group's acquisition of Lafayette, La.-based home-health firm LHC Group is on track to be completed in December. 

3. Contract negotiations have stalled between UnitedHealthcare and Albuquerque, N.M.-based Lovelace Health System. 

4. About 8,000 contracted providers will begin receiving notices Dec. 1 that UnitedHealthcare is moving them to a new fee schedule, according to the California Medical Association. 

5. UnitedHealthcare and Raleigh, N.C.-based WakeMed have signed a multiyear contract that restores in-network access for thousands of patients.

6. UnitedHealthcare and Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health reached a multiyear deal to keep nearly 3 million beneficiaries in-network with the health system's physicians and facilities in California.

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