-- Currently participating Barnabas Health hospitals and facilities will remain in network without interruption --
PARSIPPANY and WEST ORANGE, NJ, February 26, 2015 — Aetna (NYSE:
AET) and Barnabas Health, New Jersey's largest not-for-profit integrated healthcare delivery system, today announced a new multi-year contract agreement that will be effective on March 1. Aetna members who receive care at any of the Barnabas Health hospitals and facilities, or from physicians of the Barnabas Health Medical Group will continue to be covered at the in-network level of benefits. As a result of this agreement, there will be no disruption in coverage.
"This agreement means that Aetna members will continue to have uninterrupted access to care at all previously participating Barnabas Health facilities and physicians," said Michael Costa, Aetna vice president, New Jersey Network. "We look forward to continuing to work with Barnabas Health and building on our solid relationship and shared goals of excellent quality and affordable health care."
"Barnabas Health and Aetna are very pleased to have reached an agreement to extend our contract, avoiding any disruption to the care of our patients who are insured by Aetna," stated John Doll, Senior Vice President of Finance, Barnabas Health. "Barnabas Health is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients and, by continuing and strengthening our relationship with Aetna, we look forward to offering the finest care to all Aetna subscribers, as we always have done."
The new agreement applies to all Aetna health plan products including Student Health and Medicare. Hospitals included in the agreement are:
- Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston;
- Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark;
- Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville;
- Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch;
- Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (formerly Kimball) in Lakewood;
- Community Medical Center in Toms River; and,
- Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, Toms River.
The agreement also includes covered outpatient services provided by Barnabas Health facilities including the System's highly advanced Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center in Livingston, N.J.; and state-wide services of Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network, as well as hospice, home care, and infusion services.
Aetna serves approximately 1.2 million members in New Jersey.
About Barnabas Health
Barnabas Health provides treatment and services for more than two million patients each year: 215,000 inpatients and Same Day Surgery patients; 540,000 Emergency Department patients; and 1.7 million outpatients; and delivers more than 20,000 babies annually. Barnabas Health's 21,000 employees, 5,200 physicians and 500 residents and interns are united in our mission to deliver the highest quality of care in the best possible environment.
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