BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Announce Contract Agreement
Ensures Health Plan’s Extensive Membership has in Network Access to Nationally Recognized Cancer Care
Buffalo, N.Y. - BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center announced a contract agreement that ensures BlueCross BlueShield members will continue to have access to the center’s nationally recognized cancer care.
A member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers, Roswell Park provides quality care to the members that BlueCross BlueShield has served for more than 80 years. Roswell Park is a designated Blue Distinction® Center by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) for Cancer Care, Blood and Marrow Transplants, and Cellular Immunotherapy – CAR-T.
These designations are given to a select number of hospitals and health systems nationally based on quality and cost criteria. To receive a CAR-T designation, hospitals must be certified by the Food and Drug Administration to provide such therapies and commit to system-wide monitoring of patient outcomes.
Roswell Park is the only center in the Buffalo area approved to administer the CAR-T-cell therapies Kymriah and Yescarta. Roswell Park’s Blue Distinction® Center designation for CAR-T recognizes their commitment to utilizing the latest immunotherapies that are transforming the landscape for many cancer patients.
For more information about the Blue Distinction® Specialty program, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
“We are thrilled that we can count on BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York to cover one of our region’s most vulnerable patient populations,” said Candace S. Johnson, PhD, President and CEO of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and M&T Bank Presidential Chair in Leadership. “Access to high-quality, comprehensive care is so important for people with cancer. We are happy to work together so that we can continue to offer our patients the latest and most promising therapies.”
“BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York values our strong partnerships with organizations that have a proven history of delivering exceptional care and results to our members, including Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said David W. Anderson, President and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “The ‘long game’ for a provider such as Roswell is to identify the most effective treatments that minimize the impact of a cancer diagnosis. When we work collaboratively, we have a meaningful impact on the health of our community.”
The new contract is in effect through 2022. Terms of the contract extension were not disclosed.
About Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York. Learn more at www.roswellpark.org, or contact us at 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or ASKRoswell@RoswellPark.org.
About BlueCross BlueShield of WNY
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is a division of HealthNow New York Inc., an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Since 1936, BlueCross BlueShield has helped millions of people lead healthier lives. BlueCross BlueShield offers a full range of insured, self-insured, and government programs and services covering businesses, families, and individuals, as well as life and disability coverage, dental and vision plans and stop-loss coverage. As a community-based, not-for-profit health plan, BlueCross BlueShield contributes significantly to organizations that strengthen and enrich the health of our community.
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