Biden administration responds to UnitedHealth cyberattack

The Biden administration announced sweeping actions on Tuesday from the Department of Health and Human Services to address the continued fallout from the cyberattack on payment processing system Change Healthcare.

“HHS’ first priority is to help coordinate efforts to avoid disruptions to care throughout the health care system,” a press release from the agency said. “This incident is a reminder of the interconnectedness of the domestic health care ecosystem and of the urgency of strengthening cybersecurity resiliency across the ecosystem.”

UnitedHealth Group, owner of the Change Healthcare system that processes health industry payments and prescription tracking, first identified on Feb. 21 that its system had been breached. The system has been inoperable since, leaving many practitioners and hospital networks unable to collect revenue to sustain operations.

HHS announced on Tuesday that the
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