By Bruce Jansen
May 13, 2016

One of the nation's largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans has partnered with a behavioral health startup backed by Google's venture arm and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy that helps primary care doctors better coordinate mental health treatment with psychiatrists.

Highmark, which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans that provide health benefits to 5.2 million people in Pennsylvania and two other states, will add the technology of Quartet Health to speed the notoriously slow referral process to psychiatrists from primary care doctors.