Illucient Purchasing Alliance Looks to Someone With Group for a New Option in Payment of Medical Expenses

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Someone With Group (S1WG), a provider of secure, compliant, dignified patient crowdfunding solutions for hospitals and health systems, announced today a partnership with Illucient Purchasing Alliance.

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The Compassion Platform will provide friends, families and other third parties a secure, dignified avenue for productive giving,” explained Paula Jagemann-Bane, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer.

Someone With Group (S1WG), a provider of secure, compliant, dignified patient crowdfunding solutions for hospitals and health systems, announced today a partnership with Illucient Purchasing Alliance. Illucient, a nationally recognized North Carolina-based hospital alliance that represents 23 health systems in three states, supports its members with a diverse portfolio of cost-saving and innovative opportunities through collaborative efforts and strategic purchasing agreements.

The S1WG solution provides health systems and their patients unique access to the fourth and final currency to pay medical expenses. Previously, payment options were limited to the government (Medicare/Medicaid), private insurance, and self-pay. This new partnership will provide Illucient’s members with access to S1WG’s Compassion Platform that features a hospital-sponsored, privately-branded crowdfunding tool which employs mobile, social and video engagement to help patients reach out to friends, family, and other third party contributors and provides anybody contributing security and comfort in their directed giving and provides a productive way to answer the question, “how can I help?”

“The S1WG solution will create an important new funding option -- access to the fourth and final currency to pay medical expenses -- for Illucient hospitals to make available to their patients. The Compassion Platform will provide friends, families and other third parties a secure, dignified avenue for productive giving,” explained Paula Jagemann-Bane, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of Someone With Group. “We refer to it as our ‘compassion before collections’ approach for hospitals, and are delighted with the opportunity to engage Illucient’s member organizations through the collaborative efforts of this well-established purchasing alliance.”

According to Bill Bedsole, Chairman of Illucient Purchasing Alliance, “Illucient is focused on the ever increasing burden of the financial gaps created by expensive insurance deductibles and co-pays. These gaps exceed the patient’s ability to pay, and we see S1WG’s solution as a compassionate way to help our patients improve their financial well-being while on their clinical journey. The fact that the platform restricts fraud and is HIPAA, Patriot Act and anti-money launder compliant make it a huge win for healthcare systems, patients and contributors since contributions increase when funds may be given with confidence that the cause is legitimate.”

About Illucient:
Illucient Purchasing Alliance, LLC is a joint venture between Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance (CCHA) and the Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA). Illucient is made up of 24 healthcare systems, 44 hospitals and approximately 9,300 beds in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Illucient’s mission is to provide a diverse portfolio of cost-saving opportunities through collaborative efforts and member engagement.

About Someone with Group:
Someone With Group helps patients cope with the financial burdens of high insurance deductibles and overwhelming medical expenses as they face some of the most trying times in their lives. Improving upon existing medical crowdfunding vehicles, the S1WG solution offers hospitals the opportunity to sponsor a privately-branded, reloadable debit card that can only be used for medical expenses which are approved by the health system. Someone With Group’s solution provides a new source of funds -- a Fourth and Final currency (after insurance, self-pay and the government) to help patients pay for their medical expenses. Patients and their providers may leverage the member benefits that go beyond the traditional friends and family network to solicit funds from interested and affiliated third party charities, foundations and commercially interested parties.

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