Horizon BCBSNJ and Jersey City Medical Center to Develop Innovative, Patient-Centered Initiative to Improve Care, Lower Costs

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NJ's largest insurer and JCMC team up to improve quality and value of care.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Jersey City Medical Center announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent to develop an innovative, value-based program to launch in late 2013. The goals of the initiative are to improve quality outcomes, provide a better patient experience and lower the cost of care for Horizon BCBSNJ members in Hudson County.

“We look forward to successfully developing a patient-centered program with Jersey City Medical Center to help ensure our members receive high-quality, efficient health care services,” said Jim Albano, Vice President of Network Management and Horizon Healthcare Innovations at Horizon BCBSNJ.

“Jersey City Medical Center has long been the provider of the highest quality of care in Hudson County. In collaboration with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, we believe that we will be able to improve the overall quality of patient care delivered in Hudson County,” said Joseph F. Scott, President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center.

Horizon BCBSNJ has a number of patient-centered programs, including Accountable Care Organizations, Patient-Centered Medical Homes, and programs focused on Episodes of Care (i.e. joint replacement). More than 320,000 members and 1,400 doctors are participating in Horizon BCBSNJ’s patient-centered programs that are working to improve patient care while controlling costs.

Jersey City Medical Center is the only hospital in Hudson County that provides comprehensive cardiac services, including open heart surgery, and also provides comprehensive trauma services, neonatal intensive care, and orthopedic specialty care.    

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health services corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, serving more than 3.6 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton. Learn more at http://www.HorizonBlue.com.

About Jersey City Medical Center

Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) is a modern 316-bed teaching hospital located on a 14-acre campus overlooking the Statue of Liberty and NY Harbor. This location makes it convenient to major highways, PATH, and bus, with a light rail stop on campus. JCMC is the largest provider of healthcare services in Hudson County, with over 18,000 admissions and 80,000 ER visits per year. JCMC is a not-for-profit hospital which is part of Liberty Health. It is a regional trauma center, a state-designated stroke center, the regional comprehensive cardiac center, the perinatal intensive care center, and the regional level 3 neonatal intensive care unit for the most critically ill newborns. Additionally, it is the provider of Advanced Life Support for Hudson County, provides 911 Medical Call Screening for Hudson County, and operates one of the state’s busiest EMS systems. Jersey City Medical Center also is a major provider of behavioral health services, including 24/7 psychiatric emergency / crisis screening programs. The hospital has been recognized: as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence; as a top performer in quality and safety by the Joint Commission; as a recipient of three consecutive “A” ratings for safety by the Leapfrog Group; as a “top hospital” for its size for two consecutive years by Castle Connelly; and as a top regional hospital by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, in the past two years both Modern Healthcare Magazine and Becker’s Hospital Review chose Jersey City Medical Center as one of the “Top 100 Places to Work in Healthcare in the United States.”

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