Telehealth Barriers Should Be Defined by Access, Not Geography via ThinkStock

Telehealth experts say reimbursement should be based on access issues tied to appointments, rather than geography.

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Tommy Hilfiger is making clothes easier to wear for people with disabilities


Tommy Hilfiger clothing (CNN photo)

This is a great start, but more needs to be done, especially with affordability as most persons with disabilities in North America and indeed, the world, generally can’t afford Hilfiger clothing on a normal scale and limited budgets.

Tommy Hilfiger is making clothes easier to wear for people with disabilities

How Ethereum Could Deliver Universal Basic Income –

How Ethereum Could Deliver Universal Basic Income –

There are many reasons that the world is beginning to look toward the viability of universal basic income (UBI). Some studies on the practice of distributing income to those who are in need have proven that UBI can have a positive impact on impoverished communities.

Other independent research found that the US economy might see as much as $2.5 trillion in growth if a UBI were to be integrated. To that end, several cities outside of India are or will be testing their own UBI pilot programs, such as in the cases of Oakland, California; Utrecht, Netherlands; Ontario, Canada; and in the countries of Scotland, Brazil, and Finland.

Enter the Ethereum blockchain. The merits of Ethereum are numerous when it comes to distributing aid. It can deliver a level of autonomous transparency, allowing for easy system management and oversight. Furthermore, the Ethereum blockchain allows for the implementation of permission layers that can keep private consumer data from prying eyes. Ethereum can do all this more efficiently than bureaucratic organizations, eliminating from the equation third parties that manage funds and may take a cut in the form of processing fees.

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Five Blockchain Use Cases for Healthcare Payers, Providers

Five Blockchain Use Cases for Healthcare Payers, Providers

This is a technology I am really excited about. The common wisdom and current case uses are an underpinning of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. While this is important, only secondary to the technology highlighted below and from the base article.


Blockchain may offer a solution to these issues by keeping all members of the community instantly updated on where a provider is allowed to practice, whether or not she is accepting new patients, and what new affiliations she has formed.

This is important, because of current mHealth initiatives, such as CMC Virtual Visit, requires you to physically be in North Carolina, though the system servers both Carolinas. That has to change.

Administrative tasks such as claims processing and underwriting may also benefit from a blockchain approach, since managed permissions make it easier for payers to assess the validity of a claim, manage pre-authorizations, and ensure that providers are meeting the criteria laid out in their value-based contracts.

“Smart contracts could automate these processes and decrease the time and resources needed to execute the terms and conditions [of value-based contracting],” the report says.  “And because smart contracts are decentralized and cannot be changed, all parties can be confident that terms will be consistently executed.”

Pages from CMC Mercy Wound Care 10062017_Redacted_Page_1I continue to get notice of bill payments, similar to an actual bill image to the left, despite my plan being straightforward, at least as I know about it. Possibility to save much headaches and time wasting.

Blockchain would nearly eliminate this as rules can be set; such as “only render services covered under Medicare” to a particular patient. This removes the doubts about all parties getting compensated.


Enhanced security and transparency may also drastically reduce the amount of fraud that slips through the defenses of public and private payers.  When entities must have current and authenticated identities before a transaction is approved, the ability to push suspect claims through the reimbursement process is diminished.

Payers with access to a patient’s complete medical record and all of the individual’s approved providers would be more able to identify suspect claims or payment requests that do not match the patient’s documented conditions or normal care habits, explains Deloitte.

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