June 20, 2024

CMS to end Change Healthcare cyberattack assistance program

Editor's Note

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced assistance for providers affected by the Change Healthcare cyberattack ends next month.

According to the June 17 announcement, payments under the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program for the Change Healthcare/Optum Payment Disruption (CHOPD) will end July 12, 2024. The payments were initiated in March to help Medicare providers and suppliers affected by a cyberattack on Change Healthcare in February.

To date, 4,200 Medicare Part A providers have received $2.55 billion and 4,722 Part B suppliers have received $717.18 million through CHOPD. CMS reports that it has recovered over 96% of these payments. Providers with billing issues are advised to contact Change Healthcare or their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).

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