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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Barnabas Health Announce Anticipated Launch of a New Accountable Care Organization Program
Date:8/6/2013

Newark, NJ (PRWEB) August 06, 2013

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, and Barnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest hospital and integrated health care delivery system, today announced the anticipated launch of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program focused on delivering more effective health care at lower costs. The ACO is scheduled to begin September 1.

“Our collaborative ACO program highlights our mutual desire to transform the health care delivery system in New Jersey by providing support to improve care coordination and positive patient outcomes,” said Jim Albano, Vice President, Network Management and Horizon Healthcare Innovations, Horizon BCBSNJ.

“As we enter a new age of health care, in which we will be responsible for managing populations of patients, the relationships we establish must share our values of improving the quality, access and efficiency of the care we deliver,” said Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Barnabas Health and President of the Barnabas Health Medical Group. “Barnabas Health is extremely proud to collaborate with our physicians and Horizon in the implementation of a new health care model that will advance the level of care patients receive throughout the state.”

Accountable Care Organizations are built upon a strong primary care foundation and help create a healthier population, improve the patient experience, and control the total cost of care. ACOs are designed to achieve measured patient quality outcomes and decrease unnecessary and duplicative medical tests and treatments.

Under this ACO agreement, Horizon BCBSNJ will provide care coordination payments to the ACO to take on additional accountability for improving the health, patient experience and controlling the cost of care for its Horizon BCBSNJ Medicare Advantage patients. The ACO and its affiliate
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