BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Roswell Park Announce Three-Year Agreement for BCBS Members to Continue to Receive Access to Roswell Park

Buffalo, New York – BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Roswell Park Cancer Institute announce a three year (2017-2019) contractual agreement that ensures BlueCross BlueShield’s membership will continue to have uninterrupted access to Roswell Park and the comprehensive cancer center’s affiliated physicians. BlueCross BlueShield members can continue to access comprehensive treatment and oncology services for all types and stages of cancer, including complex or advanced-stage cancer, at Roswell Park, which is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Transplants and a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers by the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

BlueCross BlueShield continues to offer the largest hospital and physician network in the region including Roswell Park, CCS Oncology, Cancer Care of Western New York and other leading cancer care providers. Although terms of the agreement were not disclosed, Ron Mornelli, BlueCross BlueShield Senior Vice President, Chief Network Officer, said that the new agreement reflects the insurer’s focus on shifting away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement based on volume of care delivered to a value-based model that rewards quality and focuses on improving outcomes.

“In order to address the rising health care costs that drive insurance premiums for employers and members, we are working with valued health care providers in the community, like Roswell Park, to change the way health care is financed,” said Mornelli.

“Roswell Park is a long-standing and important provider of cancer care in our network and we are pleased to continue the next phase of our relationship.” “This agreement provides us with new opportunities to provide outstanding care for cancer patients,” said Roswell Park President and CEO Candace S. Johnson, PhD. “Our continued collaboration ensures that BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York members will have access to expert oncology care, the newest therapies and state-of-the-art medical care provided by more than 300 physicians across all three Roswell Park locations and the Institute’s five affiliated community practices.”

The new agreement is effective January 1, 2017. No action is required by BlueCross BlueShield members to continue services at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and its affiliated practices.