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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is bringing value-based payments to its network of behavioral health providers, giving patients better access to high-quality, better-coordinated care for mental health and substance use disorders. The changes are among the first of their kind among health plans, which traditionally have treated behavioral health separately from physical health.

Key Messages

  • The new approach to payment builds on efforts Blue Cross NC began in 2019 to better integrate behavioral health with physical health and to transform health care through value-based payments.
  • It also integrates with Blue Premier, the company's value-based care program that holds providers and Blue Cross NC jointly accountable for improving care and lowering costs.

Please see this press release for details.