NJ one of only seven states selected to participate.
CRANBURY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
AmeriHealth NJ today announced that it will be one of five health plans
in New Jersey participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) national comprehensive care initiative. CMS solicited
applications from regions across the United States and selected New
Jersey to be one of the seven states to participate.
The pilot’s multi-payer approach offers an effective incentive for
physicians to alter their model of care and will allow for greater
collaboration and data aggregation in order to evaluate the model and
develop a long-term primary care support plan in the State of New Jersey.
“Participation in this pilot exemplifies our goal as a company, which is
to help our members get quality healthcare and enable them to improve
their overall health and wellness,” said Judith L Roman, president & CEO
of AmeriHealth NJ. “We are anxious to get started and are confident that
through the guidance of CMS, this pilot will enable the State of New
Jersey to successfully achieve better health, better care and lower
health care costs for the residents of this state.”
"We know that when we support primary care, we get healthier patients
and lower costs," said Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. "This
initiative shows that the public and private sectors can come together
to meet the critical need for these services."
AmeriHealth NJ’s Commit2WellnessSM program, which consists of
on-site services, rewards and discount opportunities to help members and
their families lead healthier lives, is closely aligned with the core
objective of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative of helping
primary care practices deliver higher quality, better coordinated and
more patient-centered care.
CMS is expected to designate up to 75 primary care practices in New
Jersey to participate. These practices will receive additional
reimbursements to support the practice changes that will be required for
their participation, which will support the effort to provide more
coordinated care to their patients. Patients covered by both private
insurance and Medicare will be included in the pilot.
“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity not only for AmeriHealth NJ,
but for the entire state,” said Dr. Lisa Blondin, senior medical
director for AmeriHealth NJ. “New Jersey is in a position to vastly
improve the relationship between individuals and their primary care
physicians. Participation in this pilot will enable us to develop a
higher standard for coordination of care, access to care and chronic
disease management, which is vital in order for patients to experience
improved health status - the ultimate goal.”
About AmeriHealth New Jersey
AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. and AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey
(collectively, AmeriHealth New Jersey) provide health insurance coverage
to employers and individuals throughout New Jersey. The company has the
largest provider network in New Jersey*, and that network includes
access to hospitals and doctors across the nation. The company is also
committed to offering value-added insurance solutions for customers
through its innovative wellness and incentive programs and benefits
The company's managed care plan, AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. is accredited by
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
AmeriHealth New Jersey and its affiliates are a growing group of
insurance and health companies whose product portfolios include health
insurance, workers' compensation, property and casualty insurance, and
management services. AmeriHealth New Jersey headquarters are located in
Cranbury, NJ. For more information on AmeriHealth New Jersey, visit www.amerihealthnj.com.
* Based on analysis done through an independent source.
AmeriHealth New JerseyJill RomanManager, Public Relations609-662-2454Jill.Roman@AmeriHealth.com
Source: AmeriHealth New Jersey