Concern for cross-border healthcare scheme following reimbursement delays

first_imgThe Minister for Health has come under further pressure to approve additional resources for the Cross-Border Directive unit following long delays in the reimbursement scheme.Recent figures show there has been a huge increase in people across the country accessing services through the Cross-Border Directive.Speaking on the matter, Deputy McConalogue said it was time that additional resources were granted sooner rather than later. “The cross-border directive provides people who are languishing on waiting lists with an alternative option by giving them the opportunity to avail of health services in another European country,” McConalogue saidThey can then recoup costs from the HSE for the amount of that treatment in Ireland, or the cost of the treatment abroad, if that is less.“In our County (Donegal), patients more often than not, avail of services in Northern Ireland for a wide-ranging array of treatments and surgeries,” he added.“The scheme has exploded in popularity in recent years as waiting lists have become unbearably long. This has been shown by the number of people making applications under the CBD.” In 2014, there was a total of 37 processed applications for reimbursement and prior authorisation under the CBD scheme, with the most recent figures revealing the number at 5,379.“For of the number of people now seeking services through the CBD, more staff are required to adequately process reimbursements in a timely manner,” McConalogue added.“Unfortunately, those who have chosen to pursue medical treatment through the CBD are currently experiencing long delays in having their reimbursement issued. This is not only frustrating for them but also financially crippling.“The Cross-Border team have made a number of submissions to the Department of Health seeking additional resources to cope with the sheer amount of applications they are receiving.“However, the Minister has not yet saw fit to approve this despite this being a scheme which actively seeks to reduce waiting lists,” he said. “The Minister must approve these additional resources so that reimbursements can be processed in a timely manner and so that the current delays can be cleared.”Concern for cross-border healthcare scheme following reimbursement delays was last modified: April 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHARLIE MCCCONLOGUElast_img read more

NFC in 2011: A “Potentially Earth-Shaking Development” for Intuit

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Intuit built a NFC-enabled version of its GoPayment mobile payment processing system over two years ago, says Omar Green, the company’s Director of Strategic Mobile Initiatives. The NFC version was built during developers 10% unstructured time – the time employees are given to work on unassigned projects they’re interested in pursuing. That prototype still exists today, but has not been released commercially as of yet.But when NFC takes off, Intuit is ready to go.This is the fourth post in a series on NFC here on ReadWriteMobile which will serve to get you up to speed on what NFC is, what notable developments are underway and what commercial programs using NFC will arrive this year. You can follow this series by clicking the tag  (or bookmarking the tag) “NFC 2011.”This post assumes you are familiar with the term NFC as well as the technology’s use in mobile payments. If you’re just starting to learn about NFC, you should begin here with the first post in the series to get caught up. Intuit doesn’t tend to rush in early to emerging markets like this, Green explains, referring to NFC. Because of its brand recognition and the clout that comes with that, when Intuit enters a market, it somewhat validates that market. It’s a responsibility that Intuit takes seriously.With NFC, however, it’s not just that the market itself isn’t ready. The hardware isn’t ready either. NFC is not yet a standard feature on all modern smartphones, only appearing on certain “flagship” devices like Google’s Nexus S, for example, and select models from other manufacturers. It’s been rumored that NFC will show up on the iPhone 5, but there has been no confirmation of that.Where Intuit Would Consider Using NFC: GoPayment, Mint.comBut Intuit knows that NFC would fit in nicely with its core products. As a financial services company, Intuit is known for brands like Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax and Mint.com. Its very business involves money management, for both individuals and small business owners.A newer product where NFC would be a good fit is Intuit’s GoPayment service. With this combination hardware reader and mobile application, business owners are able to accept credit card payments using their smartphones or tablet computers. Since one of NFC’s many uses cases is mobile payments, it would make sense to integrate this technology with GoPayment. Instead of swiping a credit card through a reader attached to the phone, NFC could be used to pay for the purchase instead.In fact, Intuit’s NFC-enabled GoPayment prototype allows for this type of interaction, but is not available to the public. If it was ever launched, which is now seemingly more of a “when” than an “if” as the NFC movement heats up, a customer could either tap a contactless credit card to a phone or tap their NFC-enabled phone to pay for their purchase.The challenge with getting consumers to adopt a new technology like NFC isn’t just about getting people to learn a new behavior, but it’s something that has to make sense for them. There’s not a strong enough need for this today, says Green, referring to replacing credit cards with NFC. It only takes 7 seconds to pay for a transaction using a credit card. NFC wouldn’t make that process significantly faster, he said. But it could make it smarter.The promise of NFC is in helping you make smarter spending decisions. Computers can help you decide when and how to spend your money, a proposition that actually ties into another Intuit property, the personal finance service and mobile app, Mint.com, whose data analysis capabilities have been helping people not just manage their money, but understand it.An NFC “card” in a phone could provide useful information like your bank account balance immediately after making a purchase, or it could suggest which card to use before a purchase (for example, one that was giving you double points or some other incentive).Connecting Merchants & CustomersMerchants could even use their point-of-sale (POS) systems to send info back to a phone, like coupons or loyalty points. In this way, the NFC technology would actually connect both sides of the mobile payments solution – both the merchant and customer needs. There’s even the opportunity for Intuit to combine the GoPayment product for merchants with the Mint.com service for consumers.So when is Intuit’s NFC product launching? It doesn’t know…yet. But Green did say that at Intuit, “we’re building today like we want to release tomorrow.” Intuit knows that NFC has the potential to be an “earth shaking development,” says Green. And when the market is ready for it, Intuit will be too. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#mobile#Trends Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Temple ‘purified’ after woman MLA’s visit

first_imgA temple and ashram in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district were “purified” and the idols in it cleansed with Ganga-water after a BJP woman MLA visited it.Local tradition bars women from entering the Dhurm Rishi temple. According to locals, Manisha Anuragi, a legislator from the reserved seat Rath, had visited the village Muskura Khurd on July 12 to attend a school function in her constituency. She also offered prayers at the local temple.Following her visit, the village residents called for a meeting, where they decided that the premises of the ashram would have to be “purified.” The idols were sent to Allahabad to get “purified” with the waters of the Sangam.“How could she be allowed to enter the temple. No woman has ever gone there,” a villager told journalists. The villagers believe that if a woman enters the temple, a natural calamity would befall them. They claimed that after the visit, they have stopped getting rainfall.Ms. Anuragi said she was hurt by the incident, calling it an “insult” to women.“There is no ban on women from entering any temple. There should not be any discrimination on the basis of gender,” said the first-time MLA.last_img read more

Trinamool Congress takes out rallies to protest discrimination against regional languages in JEE Main

first_imgThe Trinamool Congress on Monday took out rallies across West Bengal to protest against the central government’s alleged bias against regional languages in conducting JEE (Main) examination for admission to engineering colleges. The protest programme was, however, not held in areas which were affected by Cyclone ‘Bulbul’, with party workers engaged in relief work. TMC supporters, carrying posters and placards, took out rallies in all the blocks and districts and shouted slogans against the BJP government at the Centre, demanding that Bengali be also included as a language for conducting the JEE (Main) examination. Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had last week announced that her party would hold State-wide protests on this issue on November 11. The TMC leadership has also organised a mass rally at Mayo Road area in central Kolkata on Monday. Senior TMC leader and nephew of Mamata Banerjee, Abhishek Banerjee, is likely to attend the rally. The TMC supremo is up in arms against the Centre over inclusion of only Gujarati language in the JEE (Main) examination. Noting that she had nothing against Gujarati language, she had said that other regional languages should also have been included in the list. She had claimed that States were not consulted on the decision, a charge dismissed by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts the examination.last_img read more