Providers losing $100M daily over Change Healthcare hack: Report

Some larger health systems are losing more than $100 million a day due to the Change Healthcare cyberattack, one cybersecurity firm estimated, causing industry associations to continue to urge action.

The American Hospital Association wrote to Congressional leaders March 4 to urge HHS to take action and to consider any "statutory limitations" that exist for federal agencies to help hospitals, while the American Medical Association asked HHS to issue guidance and provide emergency funding to providers unable to get paid because of the IT outage. "This is an immense crisis demanding immediate attention," AMA President Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, said in a March 4 news release.

Some larger health systems are bleeding over $100 million daily because of the interruptions to the Optum subsidiary's payer systems, cybersecurity company First Health Advisory told multiple news outlets.

Change Healthcare set up a temporary funding assistance program for providers facing cash-flow issues because of the cyberattack, but the AHA called the measure inadequate.

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