Hackensack University Health Network Joins Alliance with Horizon BCBSNJ and Other Healthcare Leaders to Transform How Healthcare is Delivered and Financed in New Jersey

September 10, 2015 12:46 PM

Hackensack University Health Network (HackensackUHN) announced today that it has joined Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, along with other leading health systems and a major multispecialty physician group to form a unique, first-of-its-kind statewide alliance. The OMNIA Health Alliance is committed to radically altering how healthcare is financed and delivered in New Jersey to reward value, which it defines as high-quality care, an enhanced patient experience and lower total cost of care.

The traditional, fee-for-service healthcare system generally treats patients after they become sick, and hospitals and doctors are paid for the amount of services they provide to those patients. The OMNIA Health Alliance will dedicate significant intellectual and financial resources to change this paradigm by developing new approaches to keep individuals healthy through increased population health management and more integrated, coordinated care that rewards better health outcomes, an enhanced patient experience, and more effective, lower cost care.

“This is an historic opportunity to partner with a healthcare payor, as well as other providers in New Jersey, to improve our patient’s access to care, improve efficiency and bend the healthcare cost curve,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUHN. “This partnership will allow us to be innovative and proactive in our patient care.  HackensackUHN is committed to maintaining health, and not just treating illness. The new OMNIA partnership allows us to do this.”

HackensackUHN has joined Horizon BCBSNJ and the following multispecialty physician group and health systems (with their aligned physicians) to form the OMNIA Health Alliance:

•             Atlantic Health System

•             Barnabas Health

•             Hackensack University Health Network

•             Hunterdon Medical Center

•             Inspira Health Network

•             Robert Wood Johnson Health System

•             Summit Medical Group

The OMNIA Health Alliance organizations all have a shared vision and commitment to rewarding high-quality healthcare, significant expertise and ability to impact the health status of large populations, strong brand reputations among consumers and employers, and the resources and capabilities to use new technology to deliver more effective and efficient healthcare to consumers and employers. The OMNIA Health Alliance was created to meet consumer and employer demands for greater access to affordable, high-quality healthcare that provides a better experience for consumers.

To obtain more information and see videos featuring the CEO’s and other leaders of the OMNIA Health Alliance go to HorizonBlue.com/OMNIA.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   

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, vision, 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 HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.

About OMNIA Health Alliance

The OMNIA Health Alliance was created by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s largest health insurer, and Atlantic Health System, Barnabas Health, Hackensack University Health Network, Hunterdon Healthcare, Inspira Health Network, Robert Wood Johnson Health System, and Summit Medical Group to transform New Jersey’s health care system from the traditional, fee-for-service model to one that rewards health care value. The OMNIA Health Alliance will dedicate significant intellectual and financial resources to developing new approaches that will reward high quality health care, an enhanced health care experience for consumers, and a lower total cost of care.






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