Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and US Digestive Health announced that they have signed a new five-year agreement. The agreement, which went into effect January 1, 2021, demonstrates the commitment of Independence and US Digestive Health to work together to ensure that Independence members and US Digestive Health patients are receiving gastroenterology care in the most appropriate, high-quality, and cost-effective settings.
“We are pleased with this new long-term agreement which will give our members access to US Digestive Health to help prevent, treat and cure digestive disorders,” said Richard L. Snyder, M.D., executive vice president of Facilitated Health Networks, and chief medical officer at Independence. “The new agreement will allow us to collaborate on innovative programs that are focused on high-quality, cost-effective care.”
“By entering into a five-year partnership, US Digestive Health and Independence Blue Cross will ensure access to world-class gastroenterology care for members across the region,” said Jerry Tillinger, chief executive officer of US Digestive Health. “With 96 GI physicians across the Commonwealth, this agreement will allow us to continue bringing affordable, cutting-edge gastroenterology services to all of our Pennsylvania communities.”
US Digestive Health oversees a network of gastroenterology providers and services with 26 locations, 13 ambulatory surgery centers, 96 physicians, 36 advanced practice providers, and more than 700 total employees in Pennsylvania. They are at the forefront of the rapidly advancing science of digestive health, bringing new insight into the care, treatment, and prevention of digestive health disorders.