Cyber Attack at Change Healthcare Affects Pharmacies Nationwide

Based in Georgia Change health careNorth America’s largest prescription provider, reports it is experiencing an ongoing cybersecurity breach, causing prescription delays at numerous pharmacies, including military pharmacies. Change Healthcare first reported the cyberattack on February 21.

In it incident tracker On Change Healthcare’s website, the company states that it has taken its systems offline to avoid further impact. “At this time, we believe the issue is specific to Change Healthcare and all other UnitedHealth Group systems are operational,” read a statement released Feb. 22.

He American Hospital Association (AHA) reports “[h]“We have been in communication with the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding this incident.” The AHA suggests that outages could have significant effects on the revenue cycle and recommends that healthcare facilities disconnect from Optum systems and test their data backups.

Statistical news Bob Herman tweeted the following: “The cyberattack on UnitedHealth’s Change Healthcare is completely disrupting the way hospitals and pharmacies can submit claims and how insurers can pay them. “Hospitals will be in contact with the FBI and other federal agencies today.” health services executive Dan O’Neill responded with: “Underestimated risk of continued consolidation. “Once upon a time, there were more smaller clearinghouses, and now there are only two with ubiquitous reach (Availity and Change), each serving as an exclusive claims and eligibility gateway for a few large insurers.”

“In 2022, health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group completed the merger of US healthcare giant Optum and Change Healthcare in a $7.8 billion deal, allowing Optum broad access to patient records from dozens of million Americans,” Zack Whittaker of TechCrunch reports.

The specific nature of the cyberattack is unknown. This is a developing story, and Healthcare innovation Will update readers as new developments emerge.

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