Navigating the Aftermath of the Change Healthcare Cyberattack: HHS, ASPR, and CMS Release National Resource Guide for Healthcare Providers

HHS Unveils Health Plan Resource Guide to Support Hospitals and Providers Affected by Cyberattack

The Change Healthcare cyberattack has caused disruptions for many healthcare providers, leading to difficulties in getting answers from healthcare plans regarding payments and needed flexibilities. To assist these providers, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released a national resource guide of health plan contact information.

In a letter introducing the guide, HHS, ASPR, and CMS emphasize the challenges providers are facing as a result of the cyberattack. They urge hospitals and health systems to review the voluntary cybersecurity performance goals that were released earlier in the year. The letter also encourages providers to stay informed and take necessary precautions to protect against cyber threats in the future.

The AHA Change Healthcare cyberattack update webpage provides valuable resources for the latest updates and information on the cyberattack. These resources include announcements from CMS on accelerated and advance payments for hospitals and physicians affected by the cyberattack, frequently asked questions related to these payments, and an informational bulletin on actions states can take to provide relief to Medicaid providers impacted by the cyberattack.

Molly Smith, AHA group vice president of policy, can be contacted for any further questions or assistance. It is crucial for healthcare organizations to stay informed, prepared, and vigilant in the face of cybersecurity threats to ensure the continuity and quality of patient care.

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