Colon Health Centers (CHC) of America, a provider of CT Colonography (CTC) services for gastroenterology specialists, has signed a contract with a major commercial payor to reimburse for screening CTC.
The arrangement represents the first major commercial payor to reimburse screening CTC in the United States, and the first commercial payor to do so outside of Madison, Wis.
The names of the gastroenterology group and payor will be released in August, according to CHC.
The contract enables the opening of a community-based, integrated colon health center on Sept. 2, to allow for a non-invasive, sedation-free CTC with the opportunity for a same-day, same-prep, therapeutic colonoscopy for those with discovered polyps, according to CHC.
The contracted payor has agreed to reimburse CHC for its patent-pending, Integrated Screening Model—CTC followed by therapeutic colonoscopy for those with discovered polyps—and will provide a single, bundled, episode-of-care payment per screening event. Colon Health Centers of America said that the payor believes it is essential to have the capability to provide same-day, same-prep therapeutic colonoscopy for patients who need it.