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Medical providers say UnitedHealth cyberattack fallout 'a mess' that threatens their financial health

Minnesota health care providers are sounding alarms over their ongoing difficulty billing health insurers as a result of last month's cyberattack on a subsidiary of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group.

While there's typically a several-week lag for submitted claims to be paid, hospitals and clinics say they may soon face a cash crunch because of the billing mess. This could make covering payroll and supply costs challenging and take months to clean-up and sort.

UnitedHealth Group says it's making progress on workarounds and fixes that are helping restore the payment system. Yet hospital and physician groups say many health care providers are still having major problems with everything from scheduling patients to estimating their costs and have strengthened calls for relief from the financial fallout.


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