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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., JUNE 25, 2018 – Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center has been 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).
Summit Medical Group MD Anderson 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. 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.
“Summit Medical Group MD Anderson further advances Summit Medical Group’s long-standing mission of providing the highest quality care for patients, improving population health management strategies, and reducing health care costs,” said Jeffrey Le Benger, MD, Chairman and CEO of Summit Medical Group. “No one, particularly in the face of a cancer diagnosis, should have to sacrifice quality of care for cost. With our ability to improve the efficiency of providing excellent care, Summit Medical Group MD Anderson patients can fight cancer from a position of strength.”
“The Blue Distinction® is a reflection of our core values and the value that we provide to patients in northern New Jersey as we deliver an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, ensuring a high-quality patient experience, close to home,” William DeRosa, DO, Chief of Oncology at Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center. “From Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology to relevant surgical specialties, psychosocial support and access to clinical trials, Summit Medical Group MD Anderson ensures that our patients have access to everything they need from diagnosis to survivorship.”
“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 the program and for a complete list of designated doctors and medical facilities, please visit http://www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
About Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center
Summit Medical Group is the first independent multispecialty physician group in the country and the only healthcare provider in northern New Jersey to offer patients access to the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Network®. The partnership, an extension of MD Anderson’s relationship with South Jersey’s Cooper University Health Care, guarantees Summit Medical Group patients access to advanced treatment options and emerging treatment alternatives. Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center, a new state-of-the-art, 130,000 square foot outpatient facility in Florham Park is implementing an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, ensuring a high-quality patient experience, close to home.
About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for one in three Americans. BCBSA provides health care insights through The Health of America Report series and the national BCBS Health Index sm. For more information on BCBSA and its member companies, please visit BCBS.com. We also encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out our blog.
About Blue Distinction Centers
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on http://www.bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.