PATERSON, NJ [December 23, 2013] - St. Joseph's Healthcare System, Paterson, NJ, announced that it has reached a mutually agreeable contract with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. St. Joseph's will remain in-network with Horizon on January 1, 2014, without lapse of coverage for patients who are enrolled with Horizon.
"We want to publicly salute Horizon for their willingness to collaboratively agree upon appropriate coverage terms for Horizon members who turn to St. Joseph's for their life's care, and that of their families," stated William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph's Healthcare System. "We also appreciate the community's strong support during the negotiation process."
"We want to acknowledge St. Joseph's for their willingness to agree to reasonable terms that will allow Horizon members to continue to use their services while keeping health care costs manageable," said James Albano, Vice President of Network Management & Healthcare Innovations.
"St. Joseph's will always do what is right for our patients. An academic institution distinguished for clinical expertise and a passion for healing, St. Joseph's uses breakthrough procedures and leading edge technologies to meet the diverse needs of our patients, from tiny newborns to centenarians. These are the reasons people from across New Jersey and around the world trust St. Joseph's for their healthcare needs," added Mr. McDonald.
About St. Joseph's Healthcare System
A major academic integrated health care organization sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph's Healthcare System encompasses St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ, St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital in Wayne, NJ, St. Vincent's Nursing Home in Cedar Grove, NJ, and Visiting Health Services based in Totowa, NJ. To learn more about St. Joseph's, visit www.StJosephsHealth.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 services corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving 3.7 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com.