US healthcare providers scramble for funds amid cyberattack

by ian

In the last two weeks, healthcare providers nationwide have been struggling to keep their businesses afloat amid a major cyberattack.

CNN reports that the cyberattack disrupted Change Healthcare, a computer network system serving thousands of providers, insurers, and pharmacies in the U.S. This has forced providers to pay for bills upfront, while only hoping they would get reimbursed later.

Some smaller healthcare clinics have been worried they might have to close because they can’t afford the payments. In response, the Department of Health and Human Services has tried to help these facilities, but some are saying its efforts are not “nearly enough” to offset the damage.

At the same time, the government has called on the owner of Change Healthcare, UnitedHealth Group, to “take responsibility to ensure no provider is compromised by their cash flow challenges” and to “communicate more frequently and more transparently, both within the health care community and with state Medicaid agencies.”