AmeriHealth New Jersey and Kennedy Health Alliance Implement Quality Program As Part of New Contract

Cranbury, NJ - July 11, 2013 - AmeriHealth New Jersey today announced it has reached a new contract agreement with Kennedy Health Alliance. The new agreement includes newly defined quality measures in an effort to improve patient care and lower medical costs.

The new measures are aimed at reducing potentially preventable readmissions through enhanced clinical discharge management. In addition, there will be a heightened focus on ensuring preventative care is consistent throughout the various clinical practices in Kennedy Health Alliance.

Under the new agreement, AmeriHealth New Jersey and Kennedy Health Alliance have committed to continuously evaluate and gauge the effectiveness of the measures, which will allow them to establish valuable benchmarks and also to make necessary changes on an ongoing basis to assure program success.

“AmeriHealth New Jersey is dedicated to transforming the way health care is delivered in the state,” said Michael Ruiz de Somocurcio, vice president of contracting and reimbursement for AmeriHealth New Jersey. “Our quality agreement with Kennedy Health Alliance, a highly valued provider group, is just one example of how we are moving towards paying our provider partners based on outcomes and performance.”

Kennedy Health Alliance is an integrated healthcare delivery system providing a full continuum of healthcare services, ranging from acute-care hospitals to a broad spectrum of outpatient and wellness programs. Kennedy is a multi-site healthcare provider, serving the residents of Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties.

“The Kennedy organization, and the fine professionals that we are aligned with, embrace AmeriHealth New Jersey’s view of population health management,” said Carman A. Ciervo, DO, FACOFP, senior vice president for clinical integration for Kennedy Health System. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement, which is focused on preventative care and evidence-based practice to keep our patients well, and applaud AmeriHealth New Jersey’s vision for working with Kennedy in such an innovative manner.”

About AmeriHealth New Jersey
AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. and AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey (collectively, AmeriHealth New Jersey) provide health insurance coverage to employers and individuals throughout New Jersey. The company has the largest provider network in New Jersey*, and provides access to hospitals and doctors across the nation. The company is also committed to offering value-added insurance solutions for customers through its innovative wellness and incentive programs and benefits designs.

The company’s managed care plan, AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. is accredited by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

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 headquarters are located in Cranbury, NJ. For more information on AmeriHealth New Jersey, visit www.amerihealthnj.com.

*Based on analysis done through an independent source.

About The Kennedy Health System

The Kennedy Health System is committed to being the gateway to excellent healthcare services with the finest outcomes to the people living in our communities. The management of our patients’ health and wellness is a cornerstone of our philosophy. The Kennedy Health Alliance is the physician practice arm of the Kennedy Health System. Our model stresses the importance of early identification of preventable illness. Our team of skilled physicians and healthcare professionals work for the wellness of our patients by providing the education, extended hours of primary care access and access to some of the finest specialists and sub-specialists in the region. For more information, visit www.kennedyhealth.org.

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AmeriHealth New Jersey
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