Hashing it Out: Blockchain as a Solution for Medicare Improper Payments

Belmont Law Review, Volume 5, pp. 219-252 (2018)

Belmont University College of Law Research Paper No. 2018-33

34 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2018

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Part I highlights the inadequacies and inefficiencies of our Medicare payment system, focusing on the initiatives currently in place and the susceptibilities that persist. Part II offers a broad overview of the development, importance, features, and collateral technologies surrounding blockchain. Part III posits that Congress and HHS, through its various subsidiary agencies, should work in tandem with private stakeholders to create and/or implement a blockchain-based infrastructure to facilitate federal healthcare payments and support future growth of quality-based initiatives. This Note concludes with a recommendation for future agency research focusing on the viability and cost efficiency of a blockchain solution.

Keywords: Blockchain, Medicare payments, Health Care, Health Law

Suggested Citation

Blackford, William J., Hashing it Out: Blockchain as a Solution for Medicare Improper Payments (2018). Belmont Law Review, Volume 5, pp. 219-252 (2018), Belmont University College of Law Research Paper No. 2018-33, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3240973

William J. Blackford (Contact Author)

Attorney, Change Healthcare

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