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December 01, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 1, 2014

Welcome to December!

  • It's hard to believe that we're down to the last month of 2014! It's been quite a year for payments! Has anything changed in your life this year about how you make payments? If so, tell me about it!

On the Web:

  • Payments on Fire Podcast #11 – Bitcoin, Banking, and Crypto 2.0 Approaches - PaymentsViews.com - "Glenbrook’s George Peabody discusses Bitcoin and blockchain evolution with Sean Safahi, co-founder and CEO of Bold Financial Technologies, a provider of math-based currency services to the banking industry."
  • Bankers: First Data IPO Rapidly Approaching - "The company, through its CEO Bisignano, has been suggesting that KKR wants to cash out of the investment in the next year if possible."
  • Health-Care EFT Transaction Volume Via the ACH Grows Nearly 180% in a Year - Digital Transactions - "The new volume flows through the ACH network under a business-to-business transaction code known as CCD+Addenda (for cash concentration or disbursement)."
  • What Happens When You Swipe Your Card? - CBS 60 Minutes - "Even the strongest banks in the world-- banks like JPMorgan, retailers like Home Depot, retailers like Target -- can't spend enough money or hire enough people to solve this problem."
  • Shopping on a Phone Is Still Uncommon but Growing Fast - New York Times -“These cellphones are with us all the time, so why should you be doing Christmas shopping only at home? Why shouldn’t you do it while you’re on the subway, waiting for the bus, at the cafe?”
  • PayPal Reports Record-Breaking Number Of Black Friday Shoppers And Sales On Mobile - TechCrunch - "Based on its online commerce data, the company reports having seen a 47% increase in PayPal global mobile payment volume on Thanksgiving compared with Thanksgiving 2013, and a 62% increase for Black Friday 2014 over last year."
  • Thanksgiving Weekend Sales, at Stores and Online, Slide 11 Percent - New York Times - "The results could show that “there are a significant number of Americans out there for whom the recession is not yet over,” said Matthew Shay, the group’s president and chief executive."
  • Credit Card Rewards: The Deals Get Sweeter - Wall St. Journal - “Issuers are getting more aggressive in terms of what they’re willing to dangle to acquire new customers,” says Curtis Arnold, founder of CardRatings.com, a credit-card comparison website. “It’s an arms race.”
  • Cashless Society? It’s Already Coming - New York Times - "When you are out shopping, it’s the wallet, not the credit card, that is the annoyance. It’s bulky. It can be forgotten, or lost. I’ve learned while traipsing about buying stuff with my ApplePay that I can whittle down wallet items that I need to carry to three..."
  • "Banks As Commodity Utilities In A New Payment World - TechCrunch - "To stay relevant, banks must embrace the technology-driven changes and look for new opportunities rather than protecting and preserving antiquated business models."
  • Are universal credit cards the next thing? - Geektime - "Coin recently started shipping their long awaited universal credit card to early bakers in the US, in a very overdue timing. But meanwhile, other universal credit cards companies entered the market, which makes you wonder if this is the next big thing."

On the Wires:

  • Intel Acquires PasswordBox, an Award-Winning Digital Identity Manager - “Everyone can relate to password fatigue. The PasswordBox service has already brought relief to millions of consumers who now enjoy simple, instant login,” said Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security Group.
  • BCG and SWIFT publish annual Global Payments report - "The aim of the report is to provide payments and transaction-banking institutions with a comprehensive overview of major business drivers shaping the industry. It also provides the reader with recommendations on which specific actions should be taken by various types of players in order to achieve or maintain market-leading positions. In today's competitive environment, financial institutions must differentiate themselves and bring value to continue to grow."

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

August 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 18, 2014

On the Web:

  • Hostility in Payments - LinkedIn (Scott Loftesness) - "The recent entry of Amazon.com into the small merchant mobile POS card acceptance market may signal the last phase of increasing hostility in the US merchant acquiring segment of the card payments business."
  • Host Card Emulation 101 (White Paper) - Smart Card Alliance - "This white paper was developed by the Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council to provide an educational resource on host card emulation (HCE), describing what it is, how it’s used, how it compares with the secure element (SE)-based card emulation approach, what key considerations are for payment applications, and what security aspects should be considered for HCE-enabled applications."
  • Banks, Retailers Speed Up Drive to Add Chips to Credit, Debit Cards - Wall St. Journal - "Although the cards still have a magnetic strip on the back to be used at merchants that haven't upgraded their technology, the computer chips don't work with a swipe at the register. Instead, shoppers slide the card into the bottom of the terminal and leave it there while the purchase is processed."
  • Three Trends That Will Make A Difference In Mobile Payments - TechCrunch (Alberto Jimenez) - "Those with a history in the mobile payments industry know that it has been a slow (and mostly disappointing) journey."
  • Coinbase Acquires Blockr.io, Welcomes New Staff - Coinbase Blog - "Today, we’re excited to announce that Coinbase has acquired Blockr.io. As part of the acquisition, we’re able to welcome two of its exceptionally talented employees to the Coinbase team: software engineer Sašo Matojina and designer Samo Drole."
  • CFPB Warning Ignores Bitcoin’s Consumer Protections - CoinDesk (Jon Matonis) - "While we should definitely heed the risks within a digital currency environment, just as we heed the risks inherent with physical money, we should be equally aware of the additional financial protections provided by bitcoin that are so critical for maintaining a free society."
  • How Bitcoin might transform international payments — a lifeline for millions - VentureBeat - "Remittance payments are a lifeline. ... Many of the financial institutions that move money back and forth charge exorbitant fees to keep that lifeline open—sometimes ten percent or more."

On the Wires:

  • Simon And Blackhawk Network Expand Relationship With Enhanced Visa Simon Giftcard - "Blackhawk's product gives us access to more consumer demanded features and the new deal will allow consumers to have the added convenience of buying our newly branded Simon Giftcard at participating Blackhawk distribution locations nationwide."
  • Navicure Launches New Patient Payment Platform - “To continue to thrive, healthcare organizations must collect patient payments at or near the time of service and no longer rely solely on patient statements, which can come months after care and long after the patient remembers what procedures were performed."

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 05, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 5, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 01, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 1, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

October 07, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 7, 2013

On Twitter:

On the web:

  • In Las Vegas, Alternative Currency Buffs Are Making The Case That Bitcoin WIll Do To Money What The Web Did To Information - "Bitcoin today is in a similar state that the Internet was in 1992. It's functional and useful, but the great use cases are only just now happening. It's only going to get better and better."
  • India’s audacious plan to bring mobile payments to the masses: pair them with a national ID card - Quartz - "Nandan Nilekani, a founder of Infosys and the man in charge of the Aadhar scheme, suggested last week that the platform the cards run on will be extended to include peer-to-peer money transfers."
  • Ripple Takes on Western Union With Deal to Grow Payments - Bloomberg - "Ripple, a San Francisco-based startup, operates payments software and a digital currency that resides in a consumer’s account known as a Ripple Wallet. Under the agreement, Ripple will let consumers link those Wallets to ZipZap accounts."
  • Apple's Mobile Commerce Mojo - Pymnts.com (Karen Webster) - "Well, we don’t think they’re right and the little slide deck that is attached gives you 7 reasons why Apple is the last company on earth that should be written off as a loser in mobile commerce."
  • Fraud Happens. So What Do You Do? - Portals and Rails Blog (Douglas King) - "The important takeaway I got from this report is that no matter the technology or standard used on payment cards, it remains critical to keep personally identifiable information protected and to continue to educate consumers about sound payment practices."
  • The Evolution of Electronic Payments - "This infographic created by SwitchPay, a mobile payments company, visually represents the evolution of electronic payment technology from the first mention of the credit card in a novel published in 1887, the birth of ecommerce from the first online purchase, to the advancement of mobile payment technology."

On the wires:

Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our new series of Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps coming this month - 8th/9th in the San Francisco Bay Area and 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg and Erin McCune will be at Money2020 in Las Vegas October 6-10 - please reach out to them directly to catch up in person or set up a briefing at the conference. Erin will be moderating an Invoicing, Billing & Collections panel with Bill.com CEO Rene Lacerte, Billtrust CEO Flint Lane and Billhighway Chairman Vince Thomas.
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer".
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

May 09, 2013

Headline News - May 9, 2013

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated.

April 25, 2013

Headline News - April 25, 2013

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated.

April 23, 2013

The InstaMed Health Care Payments Account

InstaMed logo 140pxInstaMed has announced the launch of the InstaMed Healthcare Payments Account enabling health care providers of all sizes, from solo physician practices to large hospitals, get paid faster and through more channels to increase payments, reduce bad debt and cut collection costs.

The InstaMed Healthcare Payments Account is a new concept in the healthcare industry that transforms the flow of money to providers,” said Bill Marvin, President and CEO of InstaMed. “By delivering a simplified approach to the complexities of getting paid in healthcare, we are enabling providers to collect more payments, get paid faster and operate more efficiently.”
Any healthcare provider can register for an InstaMed Healthcare Payments Account free of charge. Once activated, the account enables providers to collect more patient payments by accepting all payment types at every patient interaction point.

February 01, 2013

January 14, 2013

Medagate Launches Dual Network Healthcare Payment Card

Otc network logo 140x60pxMedagate, a wholly owned subsidiary of InComm, announced the launch of the MasterCard Dual Value Health Card, the first dual network healthcare spending card.

With the Dual Health Value Card, administrators can designate spending for certain items, such as flu shots, prenatal vitamins or smoking cessation products. Retailers and benefit providers can also offer coupons or special promotions to specific populations (for example, allergy sufferers on the first day of hay fever season). Funds and items on defined contribution and controlled spend lists can be reloaded and redefined at any time. The Dual Value Health Card’s functionality allows plan administrators to give access to flexible benefits, and the distinct tracking allows health program providers to restrict the cards from being used to purchase items such as alcohol, tobacco and other non-approved items.

The Dual Value Health Card enables employers and health plans to combine a member/employee healthcare funding purse with a restricted-spend purse for targeted items and incentives.

November 27, 2012

New NACHA Rule Supports Electronic Health Care Claims Payments via ACH

NACHA logo 140px NACHA announced that its membership has adopted a new health care payments rule as part of the NACHA Operating Rules.

“Any health care provider with a bank account will be able to receive a health care electronic funds transfer (EFT) via ACH, just like a Direct Deposit,” said Janet O. Estep, NACHA president and CEO. “Providers will benefit from faster deposits and access to funds, and cost savings from not having to deposit paper checks. Payers will also benefit from replacing the printing and mailing of paper checks with electronic payments via ACH.”

The rule supports health plans’ and health care providers’ use of the ACH Network for electronic health care claims payments, and the electronic “reassociation” of these payments with electronic remittance advices (ERAs).

August 22, 2012

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February 13, 2012

InComm Acquires Restricted Spend Payment Company Medagate Corp

InComm logo 140pxInComm announced that it has acquired Medagate Corporation, the company that powers OTCNetwork, the only national closed loop over-the-counter (OTC) healthcare benefits payments platform.

Medagate's technology platform supports several applications that enable retail and healthcare to intersect at the point of sale, enabling insured health plan members as well as Medicare and Medicaid members to access and spend their monthly healthcare benefits in an easy and familiar manner.

All current employees of Medagate will remain with the company, with its existing management continuing to run the day-to-day operations.

September 12, 2011

mPay Gateway and MasterCard to Accelerate Healthcare Payments

Mpay gateway logo 140x60mPay Gateway announced that it has entered into an agreement with MasterCard to expand MasterCard acceptance through support of mPay Gateway’s point-of-care payment system.

“Patient payments are the fastest growing portion of healthcare providers’ revenue streams, but they traditionally have one of the lowest collection rates,” said Brian Beutner, chief executive officer of mPay Gateway. “Working with MasterCard, our technology is addressing inefficiencies in the patient payment process to streamline transactions and increase payment transparency so that providers can improve cash flow and better align with their patient’s payment preferences.”

June 23, 2011

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May 12, 2010

U.S. Bank Addresses Consumer-Directed Healthcare Opportunities

US BankU.S. Bank Healthcare Payment Solutions has announced it is "expanding its consumer product suite beyond health savings accounts (HSAs) with a comprehensive set of services designed to make consumer-directed healthcare (CDHC) easier to manage. U.S. Bank’s new integrated set of card-based payment solutions enables employers to offer competitive benefits plans, with tax savings to employees, while managing costs." READ MORE »

April 19, 2010

WAUSAU Financial Systems Introduces Health Care Remittance Service

WAUSAU Financial Systems has announced an outsourced health care remittance processing service - the Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Service - that that company says "makes it easy for financial institutions of any size to process complex commercial health care payments without investing in the technical infrastructure, people and expertise required to build this capability." READ MORE »

November 24, 2009

Visa, SHPS Renew Agreement for Employee Benefit Cards

Visa and SHPS have announced "the renewal of a collaborative agreement which pairs the world’s largest electronic payments network with one of the nation’s largest providers of account-based, consumer-driven healthcare solutions. Under terms of the renewal, Visa remains the preferred payment brand for employee benefit card programs administered by SHPS, which serves large and mid-sized employers, health insurance carriers, and government agencies." READ MORE »

September 01, 2009

Fifth Third to Offer mPay Gateway's Patient Payment System System

Fifth Third Processing Solutions has announced that it has entered into an agreement to provide a patient payment system from mPay Gateway to its physician practice customers. According to the company, "mPay Gateway's software solution enables health care providers to calculate the patient's share of a bill for service and obtain payment authorization before a patient leaves the office, eliminating billing hassles and reducing bad debt by up to 50 percent. The patient is actually charged only after the health care provider settles with the insurance company." READ MORE »

July 23, 2009

TSYS Healthcare, Consumer Health Technologies Partner

tsys_top_logo.gifConsumer Health Technologies and TSYS Healthcare have announced an agreement that "extends streamlined payment solutions to consumers, enabling easier, more convenient and cost effective healthcare purchases. TSYS Healthcare’s payment card solution offers end-to-end functionality with greater automation, refined reporting and smoother reconciliation capabilities, resulting in minimal error rates. The TSYS Healthcare system will be integrated into BenefitSpan™, CHT’s award-winning total benefit administration platform for managing HRA, FSA and HSA accounts." READ MORE »

July 21, 2009

Sterling HSA Selects Metavante's WealthCare Card

Metavante_logo-140px.jpgMetavante has announced that it has been selected by Sterling HSA to be its exclusive provider of benefit debit card and healthcare payment technology. Sterling HSA is an independent, privately held company offering health savings account administration services to employers and individuals nationwide. READ MORE »

July 06, 2009

MasterCard Extends Agreement With OptumHealth

OptumHealth_logo-140px.jpgMasterCard has announced a multi-year contract extension with OptumHealth Inc.'s OptumHealth Bank to issue MasterCard cards for health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), including the accounts they manage for UnitedHealthcare members. The OptumHealth MasterCard cards can be used as a form of payment, tied to these tax-advantaged accounts, for eligible medical expenses, such as copayments, deductibles, prescriptions, vision care and certain over-the-counter items. READ MORE »

June 11, 2009

InComm, WiredBenefits Announce Retail Healthcare Partnership

inComm_logo-140px.jpgInComm and WiredBenefits have announced an agreement to develop and market a suite of prepaid healthcare cards through InComm’s network of partner retailers. According to the companies, "aligning WiredBenefits’ Healthcare Platform with InComm’s 145,000 store retail network creates a healthcare delivery method a prepaid format that is familiar to consumers and beneficial to retailers." READ MORE »

June 09, 2009

Survey Says One-Third of Physician Offices Don't Accept Credit Cards

SK&A Information Services has released findings from its Physician Office Credit-Card Acceptance Survey - concluding that "33% of U.S. physician offices do not accept credit cards as a form of payment. This represents a 5% increase since last year's survey, and the research suggests doctor offices are limiting this form of payment as a result of their patients being affected by high interest rates, maxed out credit limits and a more challenging ability to qualify for credit." READ MORE »

June 02, 2009

U.S. Bank Introduces New Payment Solution for Physician Offices

U.S. Bank has launched Healthcare Payment Management (HPM) Essentials, a physician-focused payment tool that enables doctors’ offices to collect more patient self-pay balances – such as co-pays and deductibles – at the time and point of care. READ MORE »

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