Change Healthcare Faces Lawsuits, Could Lose Clients After Data Breach

UnitedHealth Group could face significant financial and legal consequences amid the ongoing cyberattack on its Change Healthcare subsidiary. A federal regulator is investigating the diversified health care giant for possible HIPAA violations; patients and providers have filed lawsuits; and the firm was forced to suspend prior authorization in many cases, which may hurt the bottom line of its UnitedHealthcare insurance arm, according to Wall Street analysts.

In addition to these immediate problems, Change Healthcare may lose the leading position it holds in its areas of operation. Some providers and insurers have already begun to switch to other revenue cycle management platforms and claims clearinghouses, one expert tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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