In an unprecedented move in New Jersey, a health insurer and a hospital system — AmeriHealth New Jersey and Cooper University Health Care — announced today that Cooper will acquire a 20 percent interest in AmeriHealth New Jersey. This venture intends to transform health care in the state by increasing quality and lowering costs through a more highly coordinated care model.
Together, Cooper and AmeriHealth New Jersey will develop and offer an expanded suite of health plans and an accountable care model for New Jersey residents. These health plans will include insured, self-insured, and Medicare products, and will provide employers and consumers with new options that focus on affordability while offering access to world-class care from Cooper’s more than 500 employed physicians in South Jersey and a network of over 100 outpatient offices.
In order to provide extensive case management, help patients navigate the health care system, and ensure better access to and optimal coordination of care, Cooper will also incorporate the patient-centered medical home model in its primary care practices. The patient-centered model is specifically designed to enhance communication with patients and among providers and give patients easier access to physicians.
“Under this new partnership with AmeriHealth New Jersey, Cooper’s network of advanced medical specialists and primary care physicians will provide coordinated patient care never seen before in our region,” said George E. Norcross, III, chairman of the board at Cooper. “As an academic medical center with access to more than 500 physicians, patients will have better, more personalized care, utilizing the latest and most technologically advanced treatment options available.”