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Who pays the price of the Change Healthcare cyberattack?

April 29, 2024
Contributed by: Sarah Richardson
The article delves into the repercussions of a cyberattack on Change Healthcare, detailing the ensuing financial crisis for healthcare providers. Dr. Christine Meyer's experience of plummeting bank balances and the dire need to make payroll encapsulates the broader impact on healthcare facilities, which are facing substantial daily losses. Meyer's exploration of a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) loan highlights the desperate measures some are taking to sustain operations. The article criticizes United Healthcare and its subsidiary Optum for their inadequate and criticized financial assistance response, as well as highlights broader concerns about cybersecurity and the potential misuse of data within the healthcare sector. It also touches on the broader implications of such cyberattacks on national security and the healthcare system, considering healthcare's significant share in the U.S. economy. The article concludes by noting the lasting impact of the cyberattack on providers and the continued struggle for recovery, underscoring the far-reaching consequences of this incident on national health care continuity and financial stability.
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