AmeriHealth New Jersey Signs Agreement with Coastal Spine

Mt. Laurel, NJ - April 16, 2009 - AmeriHealth New Jersey (AmeriHealth) signed a new agreement with CoastalSpine, effective January 1. The practice, specializing in back and neck problems, has seven physicians and offices in Mount Laurel and Turnersville. As of January 1, 2009, members covered by AmeriHealth New Jersey can receive in-network care and treatment by the specialists of CoastalSpine.

"This new relationship with AmeriHealth New Jersey will allow CoastalSpine physicians to expand our comprehensive spine care to a much larger constituency within Southern New Jersey. We express our appreciation to AmeriHealth and its administrators and commend them for recognizing our multidisciplinary approach to spine care, as well as our commitment to those patients with spinal disorders," said Dr. Scott Jarmain, Medical Director, CoastalSpine.

"AmeriHealth has the state's third-largest provider network, and the largest network in southern New Jersey. Our network is further strengthened by the addition of CoastalSpine's outstanding practice," said Judith L. Roman, president and CEO of AmeriHealth New Jersey. "It's through relationships with health care providers like CoastalSpine that AmeriHealth continues to excel in providing our members with the highest levels of customer service and quality of care, as recently recognized by the State of New Jersey 2008 HMO Performance Report."

Since its inception in 2004, CoastalSpine's team has treated more than 7,000 patients. The CoastalSpine team consists of one board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and two distinguished board-certified and fellowship-trained PM&R physicians specializing interventional pain management; they work in association with two board-certified and fellowship-trained neurosurgeons and two board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons.

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