BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Catholic Health and Catholic Medical Partners Announce New Three Year Agreement

— Multi-year agreement ensures BCBS members will continue to have access to quality Catholic Health services and Catholic Medical Partners physicians —

Buffalo, New York– BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Catholic Health and Catholic Medical Partners (CMP) announce a new three year agreement that ensures BlueCross BlueShield’s membership will continue to have access to Catholic Health facilities and Catholic Medical Partners physicians.

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, as the region’s leading health plan, continues to offer the most comprehensive hospital and physician network in the region to their membership locally, as well as nationally through the Blue Cross Blue Shield “Blue Card” program.

A local and national leader in quality and patient safety, Catholic Health serves families throughout the region across its continuum of care, which includes Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, home to the Catholic Health Heart Center and the area’s only Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center; Kenmore Mercy Hospital; Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus; Mount St. Mary’s Hospital; and a wide range of Home & Community Based Care services.

“Together with our skilled and caring associates and physician partners, Catholic Health leads the region in quality, safety and patient satisfaction – the things that matter most to individuals and families when choosing a healthcare provider,” said Mark Sullivan, President & CEO of Catholic Health. “We look forward to working with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York as we continue to focus on improving the health of our community by delivering the very best care and service in the region.”

Catholic Medical Partners is the largest group of independent practicing physicians in the region with a network of nearly 1,000 physicians across Western New York. Over the past decade, CMP has become one of the country’s leading authorities on population health management focusing its collective strength on improving quality and the overall health of the community, while controlling the cost of care.

“Along with Catholic Health, our physician members are committed to delivering high quality primary and specialty care throughout Western New York, while improving access, value and population health,” said Kristen Robillard, MD, Interim President & CEO of Catholic Medical Partners. “We are pleased to be part of the BlueCross BlueShield member network as we work to meet the medical needs of our patients while transforming healthcare throughout the region.”

As one of the largest providers of healthcare in Western New York, Catholic Health offers BlueCross BlueShield members access to high quality hospital, emergency, home care and rehab services, including comprehensive cardiovascular, stroke, orthopedic and women’s services, at convenient locations throughout Erie and Niagara counties.

“Through shifts in the way that healthcare is delivered, Catholic Health and Catholic Medical Partners have remained committed to lowering the cost of care in our community through integrated and innovative health care delivery solutions,” stated David W. Anderson, President and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “This new agreement builds on our longstanding relationship with Catholic Health and Catholic Medical Partners, while ensuring that our members continue to have access to their robust network of quality, affordable hospitals, physicians and services.”

Catholic Health facilities have received the Blue Distinction Center+ designations by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) for the following:

  • Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Spine Surgery
  • Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Cardiac Care
  • Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Maternity Care
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital, Bariatric Surgery
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital, Maternity Care
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital, Spine Surgery

These designations are given by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) to only a select number of hospitals and health systems across the country based on quality and cost criteria.  In addition, Catholic Health facilities are also designated by BCBSA as Blue Distinction Centers for the following:

  • Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Knee and Hip Replacements
  • Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Maternity Care
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital, Knee and Hip Replacements

Terms of the contract extension were not disclosed.

 

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