As an antidote to this problem, Georgia-based NASCO is leading a multiorganizational consortium of health plans and their partners, Coalesce Health Alliance, that has developed a blockchain ledger-based solution with secure open APIs to track and manage all healthcare deductibles, thereby helping patients gain the benefits of a real-time information system. "We recognized the value of having a real-time ledger-based solution, and with Coalesce’s AccumXChain solution, we offer a single source of truth for all the financial accumulators of a health payer," says David Weeks, senior vice president and chief digital and technology officer at NASCO.
Founded in 1987, NASCO is a community of leading health plans, visionary technology providers, and experts in the healthcare arena that builds digital health solutions for Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations. And with its consortium of several blue-centric companies, the company's Coalesce Health Alliance connects four of the largest Blue-centric payers, two pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and other healthcare organizations. NASCO spent 18 months testing the alpha and beta iterations of Coalesce's ‘AccumXChain’ blockchain ledger and secure open-source API capabilities and went into final production earlier this year. "We developed Coalesce in conjunction with our partner Blue-centric firms to assess the prevalent challenges faced by physicians, payers, and patients alike, and break down the walls of healthcare information inefficiency," explains Weeks.
Currently, Coalesce is performing end-to-end testing on AccumXChain with its partners and aiming for a fully-tested solution to be ready in the upcoming months. The consortium plans to have some of its insurance partners use AccumXChain’s capabilities in 2021 with a goal to have larger healthcare insurers utilize the solution by early 2022. From a feature's standpoint, the Coalesce Health Alliance is continually developing additional features to incorporate into AccumXChain and exponentially expand its clients' value. Additionally, the consortium is also adding consulting capabilities to support its users in gaining the most benefits from AccumXChain’s implementation. "With Coalesce, our goal is to provide a single place for our clients to connect to many of their health insurance transactions, and help them gain the ability to adapt, integrate, and scale their operations, offering more benefits to their patients," concludes Weeks