UnitedHealth Sets Dates for Restoring Change Healthcare Systems

UnitedHealth Group faces a crisis as the fallout from the hack of its Change Healthcare subsidiary continues to spread. The firm is rumored to have paid $22 million to the hackers who may have caused the breach, even as it faces falling stock prices, federal actions to stabilize provider reimbursement, payer operations disrupted by the hack, and legal risk.

A civil suit has already been filed against UnitedHealth due to the cyberattack, and the scale of the disruption may strengthen enforcement action resulting from a newly revealed federal antitrust investigation into UnitedHealth. Because of the cyberattack, payments to thousands of providers have stalled, causing a liquidity crisis for some practices. The hack also may have exposed thousands of other health care entities to data breaches. UnitedHealth’s stock price dropped from $521.97 on Feb. 21 (the day the breach was disclosed) to $478.78 at the close of business on March 7.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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