American Hospital Association March 4, 2024

UnitedHealth Group’s Temporary Funding Assistance Program “is not even a band-aid on the payment problems you identify,” AHA wrote March 4 in a message to UHG in response to a program the company unveiled March 1 following a cyberattack on UHG’s subsidiary Change Healthcare. Specifically, AHA said the program is only available to an exceedingly small number of hospitals and health systems, and that the terms and conditions of the program are “shockingly onerous.”

“Taken together, the limited eligibility and these one-sided contractual terms severely undermine the intent of this program,” AHA said. “Indeed, we have heard from some hospitals and health systems that these simply are not terms they can accept, especially when their financial future becomes more unpredictable...

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