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HSBlox launches blockchain automated bundled payments for healthcare organizations

HSBlox launches blockchain automated bundled payments for healthcare organizations
CuraBlox utilizes distributed ledger technology and smart contracts to ease the administrative burden and accelerate value-based payment models.

HSBlox, a healthcare technology company combining machine learning and blockchain, today announced the launch of its CuraBlox solution. Leveraging blockchain, CuraBlox enables healthcare organizations to receive bundled payments from contracted insurers or employers and arranges episode workflows, including movement of funds and data to/from post-acute care team providers.

The CuraBlox solution incorporates the HSBlox smart contract library – where episode definitions are stored. Episode definitions can be viewed, edited, saved, and approved – providing ease of scaling for contract administration. Operational features include onboarding and payment of participating care team providers, episode-eligible patient identification, administration of incentive payments and/or withholds, incorporation of care guidelines, and closure of episodes.

“Real-time data sharing and value-based payment models are vital to improving care and containing cost. CuraBlox makes payment disbursement, reconciliation, and reporting of metrics easy to track and efficient, enabling the scaling of bundled payments programs. Bundles are a fast-growing payment model for health plans, and CuraBlox is an ideal solution to support this growth. HSBlox is attacking known complexities with its distributed ledger technology platform, the innovative workflow of the CuraBlox application, and its smart contract library.”

Rahul Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of HSBlox

Traditional approaches are time-consuming and require the use of spreadsheets, manual reconciliations, phone calls, and a lack of timely information. CuraBlox offers integrated workflow, smart contract automation, and real-time data delivery – enabling transparency, coordination, and scaling. Using DLT smart contracts, episodes are initiated and authorized in real-time and care team notifications are broadcast on a permissioned basis. Smart contracts enforce business rules, enabling automation of processes, data sharing, and transaction processing.

According to a study by McKesson and ORC International, payers and hospitals expect that bundled payments will account for 17 percent of medical payments by 2021 – but only half of the payers and 40% of providers report readiness to implement bundles.


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