Senator Ron Wyden Addresses Health Care System Challenges: Cybersecurity Threats, Rural Hospital Access, and Pharmacy Benefit Manager Practices

Oregon senator addresses impacts of Change Healthcare cyberattack and access to rural healthcare

During a discussion with AHA members, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., expressed his concerns over the recent Change Healthcare cyberattack and the potential risks it posed to patients and their personal data. He emphasized that the health care sector is a prime target for criminals and foreign adversaries like China and Russia, and highlighted the importance of being prepared for such threats. Wyden also spoke about the systemic cybersecurity risks created by large middlemen companies in the health care system, which can dictate contract terms to providers.

In addition to cybersecurity concerns, Wyden also touched upon the issue of supporting rural hospitals to ensure access to care in those communities. He stressed the importance of cracking down on pharmacy benefit managers and their practices, which he believes contribute to the rising cost of prescription drugs. Wyden’s comments shed light on the complex challenges facing the health care system and the need for proactive measures to address those challenges. By addressing issues like cybersecurity threats and cost of care, policymakers can work towards ensuring a more secure and accessible health care system for all.

During a discussion with AHA members, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., expressed his concerns over the recent Change Healthcare cyberattack and the potential risks it posed to patients and their personal data. He emphasized that the health care sector is a prime target for criminals and foreign adversaries like China and Russia, and highlighted the importance…

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