North Shore-LIJ, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Sign Agreement to Offer Integrated, Value-Based Health Care to 33,000+ New Yorkers

Empire Bluecross Blueshield

GREAT NECK, NY, August 12, 2015 –– North Shore-LIJ Health System and Empire BlueCross BlueShield today announced an Accountable Care arrangement that will cover more than 33,000 commercial and Medicare Advantage members in a value-based collaboration.

Under the agreement, North Shore-LIJ will coordinate care through North Shore-LIJ Premium, an integrated network of over 5,500 primary care and specialty physicians as well as other healthcare professionals in the New York metropolitan area, by creating accessible, efficient, team-based, integrated care focused on the individual needs of eligible Empire’s members.

“This new collaboration between North Shore-LIJ and Empire will further accelerate our efforts to manage population health and increase our value-based contracting,” said Howard Gold, executive vice president of managed care and business development at North Shore-LIJ.  “This framework allows us to focus on objective patient outcomes, better coordinate care and align quality with payment incentives.”

“The North Shore-LIJ Premium Network, and North Shore-LIJ Care Solutions, the health system’s care management enterprise are the engines that will engage physicians to manage high-risk patients covered under this program,” Mr. Gold said. 

“We are very excited about this new collaboration with North Shore-LIJ and believe that by using data in a meaningful way and managing members more effectively we can achieve better health outcomes for thousands of our members,” said Brian Griffin, president and CEO, Empire BlueCross BlueShield. “Fostering transparency and focusing on disease prevention, care management and care coordination are the backbone for all Empire’s Accountable Care arrangements.”

Media Contacts:
Sally Kweskin, 212-476-1421, [email protected], @empirebcbs

About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 19 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,400 beds, employ more than 13,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of about 54,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

About Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Serving New Yorkers for 80 years, Empire BlueCross BlueShield is the largest health insurer in New York supporting nearly five million members and more than 38,000 business, union and small employers in New York. Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc., independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, serving residents and businesses in the 28 eastern and southeastern counties of New York State. Additional information about Empire is available at Also, follow us on Twitter at @empirebcbs, on Facebook at, or visit our YouTube channel at

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