Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Hackensack Meridian Health Expand Network Agreement

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.

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