Cybersecurity

Ascension systems remain down after cyberattack

Executives with Ascension health system, St. Louis, are keeping in contact with leading law enforcement agencies and industry organizations as they work to restore systems that were shuttered by a cyberattack. The apparent ransomware attack has led to a shutdown of different systems that will last for an undetermined period of time. The attack also…

Paul Barr, MS, MBA May 13, 2024

Congressional hearings on the Change Healthcare cyberattack bring attention to providers’ continuing predicament

Two congressional hearings involving the CEO of UnitedHealth Group offered few concrete solutions to the issues surrounding the Change Healthcare cyberattack but did highlight the ongoing pressures facing healthcare stakeholders. Andrew Witty, the CEO, was questioned May 1 by the Senate Finance Committee in the morning and a House subcommittee in the afternoon. For providers…

Nick Hut May 2, 2024

What the Change Healthcare cyberattack means for the future of the industry

In this episode, HFMA Senior Editor Nick Hut and Policy Director Shawn Stack discuss the latest developments on the Change Healthcare cyberattack, and Joshua Corman, founder of cybersecurity organization I Am the Cavalry, shares insights on what should come next in healthcare.

Erika Grotto April 1, 2024

News Briefs: Providers face trying times  in the first month after the Change Healthcare cyberattack  

Healthcare providers struggled financially and operationally in the first 30 days after a Feb. 21 cyberattack forced the shutdown of Change Healthcare’s claims submission and payment systems, among more than  100 other applications.  As of the week of March 18, parent company UnitedHealth Group had restored Change Healthcare’s payment platform and was reporting progress in…

Nick Hut March 30, 2024

Joshua Corman unpacks the consequences of the Change Healthcare cyberattack on an HFMA podcast episode 

The February cyberattack on Change Healthcare, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, continues to cause concern and frustration for providers.a The March 25 episode of HFMA’s “Voices in Healthcare Finance” podcast featured an interview about the long-term effects with Joshua Corman, founder of I Am the Cavalry, an organization focused on cybersecurity, and former chief strategist for…

Erika Grotto March 29, 2024

Dennis Dahlen: Of Blackcats and the dark web: The value of HFMA in times of crisis 

The repercussions from the large-scale cyberattack perpetrated by ALPHV Blackcat on Change Healthcare — a company that touches one out of three patient records — likely will be felt for months, the American Hospital Association (AHA) suggests. That’s why it was so important that HFMA take a lead role in getting answers for members and…

Dennis E. Dahlen, FHFMA, MBA, CPA March 29, 2024

The federal policy response to the Change Healthcare cyberattack

Note: This information is excerpted from HFMA’s running coverage of the cyberattack that disabled operations at Change Healthcare. On March 10, HHS and the Department of Labor sent a letter encouraging commercial payers to do their part to help financially strained providers nearly three weeks after the cyberattack on Change Healthcare. “Larger payers in particular…

Nick Hut March 14, 2024

How HFMA worked with members through the Change Healthcare cybersecurity breach 

Change Healthcare, a healthcare technology company owned by UnitedHealth Group, disclosed on Feb. 21 that it had fallen victim to a cyberattack, causing disruptions to several of its systems and services. According to a statement released on its website on Feb. 22, around noon EST, UnitedHealth Group confirmed the incident, stating, “At this time, we…

Shawn Stack March 4, 2024

Cyberattack on Change Healthcare brings turmoil to healthcare operations nationwide

Resources A list of payer contacts for providers to inquire about advance payments An FAQ on Medicare accelerated and advance payments Recommendations and resources for HFMA members Link to UnitedHealth Group and Optum incident pages May 21 updates New numbers from Strata’s database describe the payment hit incurred by hospitals during approximately the first five…

Nick Hut February 25, 2024

Cyberattack leaves hospitals scrambling in several states

A recent attack was the latest to illustrate the potential of cybercriminals to cause havoc across an interstate health system. The Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings system incurred a ransomware attack Aug. 3 that temporarily required some patients to be diverted from emergency departments and relegated hospitals to using paper records and incorporating other downtime…

Nick Hut August 7, 2023
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