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A Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate that has played a role in developing commercial insurance bundled-payment models is launching an episode-of-care pilot program for Crohn’s disease that includes a behavioral health component. Last month Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey announced that the Crohn’s disease bundled payment program will start with about 50 patients in partnership with Hillsborough, NJ-based Digestive Healthcare Center (DHC). Horizon and DHC launched The Garden State’s first colonoscopy bundled-payment program in 2014. The behavioral health component in the Crohn’s disease pilot program aims to have a positive impact on patient outcomes and help control costs. The goal of the one-year pilot is to identify Crohn’s patients who may benefit from behavioral health support and to ensure that they receive those services.

This was reported by Health Leaders Media on November 7, 2016.

Contact Information: Kevin McArdle, Public Relations, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Three Penn Plaza East, Newark, New Jersey 07105; 973-466-5336; Email:; Website:

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