AmeriHealth New Jersey Announces New Contracts and Contract Extensions

Mount Laurel and Iselin, NJ - April 2, 2009 - AmeriHealth New Jersey (AmeriHealth) announces several new and extended multi-year contracts with health systems across the state.

These multiple agreements will enable AmeriHealth NJ members who participate in all medical products, to access services and health professionals on an "in-network" basis, which will mean lower costs for those members under most plan designs from the following physician groups and facilities below:

  • Garden State Urology in Morris County, whose practice includes 12 doctors, many of whom are featured on New Jersey Monthly's list of the "Top Doctors in New Jersey.
  • Meridian Health System, whose hospital facilities include Jersey Shore University Medical Center, in Neptune; Riverview Medical Center, in Red Bank; and Ocean Medical Center, in Brick.
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, which comprises 1,300 physicians and surgeons in all specialties affiliated with the hospital.
  • Southern Ocean County Hospital, a 176-bed hospital in Manahawkin which includes a variety of specialized services and a 230-physician practice.
  • Vista Health System, LLC, in Summit, which has 368 physicians located in many northern counties is an independent practice association of physicians.

"AmeriHealth aims to continually build on its network throughout New Jersey to enable our members to choose the best providers for their needs," said Paul Portsmore, vice president, Health Services. "AmeriHealth plan members have access to the largest hospital network in New Jersey."

About AmeriHealth New Jersey

AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. and AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey (collectively, "AmeriHealth New Jersey") provides health insurance coverage to employers and individuals throughout New Jersey. AmeriHealth New Jersey has one of the largest provider networks in New Jersey, and offers access to hospitals and doctors across the nation.  AmeriHealth New Jersey is also committed to offering value-added insurance solutions for customers through AmeriHealth's innovative wellness and incentive programs and benefits designs.

AmeriHealth New Jersey earned top ratings for customer service and quality of care as part of the state's recent health plan performance report. Additionally, AmeriHealth HMO Inc. has received the highest possible accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) by meeting NCQA's rigorous evaluation standards.

AmeriHealth New Jersey and its affiliates are a growing group of insurance and health companies whose product portfolios include health insurance, workers' compensation, property and casualty insurance, and management services. AmeriHealth New Jersey has offices in Mt. Laurel and Iselin.

Media Contact

Jill Roman
Manager, Public Relations
AmeriHealth New Jersey
(609) 662-2454
Jill.Roman@AmeriHealth.com