Health Plan Resource Guide for Hospitals and Providers Affected by Cyberattacks issued by HHS

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 to support hospitals and providers affected by the Change Healthcare cyberattack. This guide aims to help providers navigate the challenges they are facing due to the cyberattack, which has caused significant disruptions.

In a letter introducing the guide, HHS, ASPR and CMS encourage hospitals and health systems to consider reviewing the voluntary cybersecurity performance goals that were released earlier this year. These goals provide guidelines for improving cybersecurity practices in healthcare organizations, which can help prevent future attacks.

In addition to the resource guide, individuals can access resources on the AHA Change Healthcare cyberattack update webpage. These resources include an announcement from CMS on accelerated and advance payments to impacted hospitals and physicians, frequently asked questions, and an informational bulletin on actions states can take to assist Medicaid providers affected by the cyberattack.

For further questions or information, individuals can reach out to Molly Smith, AHA group vice president of policy, at mollysmith@aha.org.

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