UnitedHealth CEO contacts White House over hack

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UnitedHealth CEO contacts White House over hack
UnitedHealth CEO contacts White House over hack

White House officials met with CEO Andrew Witty and other industry executives to discuss a cyberattack at UnitedHealth’s tech unit that has disrupted operations across the country.

UnitedHealth Group (UNH.N.) opened a new tab. CEO Andrew Witty and other industry representatives met with White House officials to discuss a cyberattack at the healthcare conglomerate’s tech unit that has caused disruptions to operations nationwide.

According to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official, the conference was the first to bring together payers like health insurance and providers like hospitals. Since the hack, daily individual discussions have been held with all parties concerned.

America’s Health Insurance Companies (AHIP), a trade association that represents insurers, stated on Tuesday that health insurance companies are assisting providers by allowing them to start filing claims and getting paid in the wake of the cyberattack.

In addition, health plans have implemented other payment methods, as stated by AHIP CEO Mike Tuffin.

Players in the American healthcare system have been impacted by the cyberattack that occurred late last month against UnitedHealth’s tech division, Change Healthcare. The hackers, who went by the name “Blackcat” ransomware group, carried out the attack.

For pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs), the department serves as a clearinghouse for financial matters. PBMs facilitate the creation of lists of drugs that insurance policies cover and the payment of pharmacies for filling prescriptions for patients by employers and health plans.

Modification In the United States, healthcare handles almost half of all medical claims for approximately 900,000 doctors, 33,000 pharmacies, 5,500 hospitals, and 600 laboratories.

In an open letter on Sunday, representatives of the US Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services requested that UnitedHealth accelerate payments to healthcare providers.

White House officials asked UnitedHealth to provide extra emergency funds to healthcare providers impacted by the attack, according to a report.

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