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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – The Nebraska Hospital Association has confirmed that Nebraska Hospitals have been impacted by a cyberattack.

According to a press release from the Nebraska Hospital Association, Change Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare technology companies in the U.S. was hit with a cyberattack on Feb. 21. The attack began disrupting a number of systems and services. The previously mentioned press release states that hospitals in Nebraska utilize Change Healthcare to provide financial and clinical authorization services.

“The cyberattack on Change Healthcare is impacting the operations of most Nebraska hospitals,” said Jeremy Nordquist, President of the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA). “Our hospitals are doing their best to manage through these challenges as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Hospital procedures impacted by this cyberattack include:

  • Prior authorizations for pharmaceuticals, procedures, and surgeries;
  • Insurance verification for inpatient stays;
  • Precise cost estimates for patients; and
  • Patient billing.

“Due to this incident, Nebraskans may experience longer wait times regarding authorizations for procedures, as well as delays in resolution of claims,” said Nordquist. “Our hospitals ask Nebraskans to be understanding as we work through these challenges.”

In response to the attack, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has been in communication with the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency regarding this incident.

The frequency and sophistication of the high-impact ransomware attacks targeted at hospitals and health systems have increased significantly in the last two years.

The AHA and NHA are also asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help hospitals and health systems minimize the fallout from the recent cyberattack on Change Healthcare, including immediate federal regulatory flexibility and financial support as the disruption persists.

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