Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Newark, has begun to use COB Smart, a national registry that is currently identifying coordination of benefits for more than 100 million patients. The tool has been designed for industry-wide adoption; Horizon BCBSNJ is one of 12 major health plans--covering more than 165 million lives--participating in the registry.

The registry was launched in February 2014 by CAQH, a non-profit alliance of health plans and trade associations. In a statement announcing the plan's launch of the tool, Horizon BCBSNJ said the technology will allow it to streamline COB processes, better ensure accurate payments to providers, and improve the health care experience for members.

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