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Major New Alliance Formed to Transform How Health Care is Delivered and Financed in New Jersey

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, along with several of New Jersey's leading health systems and a major multispecialty physician group announced today that they have formed a unique, first-of-its-kind statewide alliance. The OMNIA Health Alliance is committed to radically altering how health care 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 health care 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 lower cost care."The OMNIA Health Alliance is an unprecedented collaboration that will significantly transform how health care is financed and delivered in New Jersey for the better," said Robert A. Marino, chairman and CEO of Horizon BCBSNJ. "Through the OMNIA Health Alliance, we are all making a long-term commitment with a new level of trust, cooperation, and energy that will benefit health care consumers in New Jersey."The following health systems (representing 22 hospitals), their aligned physicians, and a multispecialty physician group have joined Horizon BCBSNJ to form the OMNIA Health Alliance:
  • Atlantic Health System
  • Barnabas Health
  • Hackensack University Health Network
  • Hunterdon Healthcare
  • 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 health care, 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 health care to consumers and employers. The OMNIA Health Alliance was created to meet consumer and employer demands for greater access to affordable, high-quality health care that provides a better health care experience for consumers."This is an exciting development that promises to improve the quality of patient care while also helping to keep costs under control" said Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health. "This type of reform is critical to improving consumer experience and to position the New Jersey healthcare system for the future.""This collaboration is a big deal for the future of health care in New Jersey, which will benefit employers and consumers by improving health and decreasing costs," said Laurel Pickering, President and CEO of the Northeast Business Group on Health. "I applaud Horizon and the OMNIA Health Alliance for being at the forefront of health care transformation."As part of this transformative strategy, Horizon BCBSNJ will soon launch a new suite of innovative products for 2016. The new health plans will provide employers and individuals lower premiums. The new plans will also offer members the ability to save significant out-of-pocket costs.To obtain more information and see videos featuring the CEO's and other leaders of the OMNIA Health Alliance go to HorizonBlue.com/OMNIA.Reporters can find additional facts and video for television or digital sites by linking to the OMNIA Health Alliance press kitAbout Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New JerseyHorizon 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 AllianceThe 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.