Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Of New Jersey And Hackensack Meridian Health Expand Network Agreement And Increase OMNIA Tier 1 Options

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) and Hackensack Meridian Health announced that effective January 1, 2017, Raritan Bay Medical Center and HackensackUMC Palisades will both be Tier 1 hospitals for OMNIA health plan members. As a result, every Hackensack Meridian Health hospital will be an OMNIA Tier 1 hospital beginning in 2017. Raritan Bay Medical Center is currently in Horizon's network, but has been participating in OMNIA Health Plans as a Tier 2 hospital. HackensackUMC Palisades is both joining Horizon's network and becoming an OMNIA Tier 1 hospital.

"Providing our communities with patient-centered, affordable, quality care has always been the goal of Hackensack Meridian Health," said Patrick Young, president of Population Health for Hackensack Meridian Health. "By broadening our collaboration with Horizon, we’re able to further advance our mission of delivering integrated care while providing affordable access to more OMNIA health plan members."

"Horizon and Hackensack Meridian Health share a commitment to working collaboratively to transform the delivery of health care to lower costs, improve quality outcomes, and enhance the patient experience. These changes build on our already strong relationship to promote our shared priorities of delivering coordinated, patient-centered care at a lower cost," said Allen Karp, Horizon BCBSNJ's senior vice president for Healthcare Management.

OMNIA Health Plan premiums are 15 to 20 percent lower than Horizon's broad network plans and OMNIA members who receive care from Tier 1 providers or at Tier 1 hospitals save more through lower out-of-pocket costs.

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 service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children's hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.

To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.