Atlantic Health System Cancer Care hospitals and Atlantic Medical Group are recognized with a Blue Distinction® Centers for Cancer Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. By combining nationally consistent quality criteria with locally effective value-based programs, Blue Distinction Centers for Cancer Care deliver maximum value to members battling cancer by aligning health care payments with improved health outcomes. The designation is available for all cancer types and various care settings, including physician groups, cancer centers, hospitals and accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care hospitals, which include Morristown, Overlook, Newton, Chilton and Hackettstown medical centers, and Atlantic Medical Group – all participating in Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s networks – received the designation by incorporating patient-centered and data-driven practices to better coordinate cancer care and improve quality and safety, under a value-based payment model.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious distinction for all of Atlantic Health System Cancer Care hospitals and Atlantic Medical Group physicians, says Eric Whitman, MD, medical director, Atlantic Health System Cancer Care.  “The designation affirms our commitment and responsibility to providing high quality, coordinated care that is also cost-effective for a patient population that commonly requires longer-term, extensive and comprehensive medical care involving a variety of medical specialties.”

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Blue Distinction Centers for Cancer Care are reimbursed based on how they perform against both quality and cost outcome targets in order to receive incentives and rewards for better health outcomes – rather than traditional fee-for-service. Care delivery transformation to improve quality and affordability is most successful when accompanied by transformation to a value based payment model.

“Patients have more choices than ever before when it comes to selecting a health care provider,” said Kevin Joyce, vice president, Insurance Networks, Atlantic Health System.  “We are focused on providing patients with options and medical care that adhere to the highest standards and best practices, and are proud to be recognized for this.” 

“Cancer patients are unique, and so is the care that they receive,” said Jennifer Atkins, vice president of network solutions for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.  “Cancer patients often receive different kinds of specialized care in multiple settings with perhaps surgery at a distant medical center but chemotherapy at a local hospital. Medical professionals and facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Cancer Care provide coordinated patient care and communication under a value based payment model.”

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery and transplants while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver.

For more information about cancer care at Atlantic Health System, visit www.atlantichealth.org/cancer.

For more information about the program and for a complete list of designated doctors and medical facilities, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.