Biden cybersecurity plan for hospitals entails carrots first, then sticks | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s plan to improve cybersecurity at hospitals starts off with incentives, but eventually hospitals will face penalties for not adopting measures to protect patient data, HHS Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm said Monday.

In February, a cyberattack against Change Healthcare, a UnitedHealth Group subsidiary that operates the largest medical claims clearinghouse in the country, left many doctors unable to get paid by Medicare. The administration had already published a cybersecurity plan in December, but the Change breach turbocharged the issue.

The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed setting aside $1.3 billion to pay hospitals to beef up their systems.

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