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BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Erie County Medical Center Announce Contract Extension

Three-year contract focuses on quality, trauma care, and new bundled payment models

November 27, 2018

Buffalo, New York - BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. today announced a three-year contract extension that ensures BlueCross BlueShield’s members will continue to benefit from ECMC’s facilities and services. 

ECMC is Western New York’s largest hospital and the only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center. Its advanced academic medical campus includes specialized centers of excellence, primary care and family health centers, and outpatient specialty-care services. ECMC is affiliated with Great Lakes Health System, the entity integrating Kaleida Health, ECMC and the University at Buffalo.

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, as the region’s leading health plan, continues to offer its members the most comprehensive hospital and physician network in the region, as well as nationally through the Blue Cross Blue Shield “Blue Card” program.

“ECMC is very pleased to extend our relationship BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and their members.  As we work together to improve quality and affordability of healthcare for our community, we will continue to develop programs together that are both innovative and patient focused,” stated ECMC President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD.

“We are pleased to continue our strong relationship with ECMC,” stated BlueCross BlueShield President and CEO Dave Anderson. “Our successful negotiation certainly assures our members’ access, but more importantly, this three year contract extension speaks to our mutually shared goals to support the quality care that is delivered at our region’s Level 1 Trauma Center, as well as the other inpatient and outpatient services provided by ECMC.”

In April 2018, BlueCross BlueShield announced a $1 million grant for ECMC’s future Trauma Center/Emergency Department, specifically to expand behavioral health and detoxification care pathways starting at the point of admission. In addition to being one of the largest chemical-dependency treatment centers in Western New York, ECMC is the only Buffalo-area hospital that offers a psychiatrist in the emergency room and chemical-dependency evaluations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

ECMC has received the Blue Distinction Center+ designation by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) for bariatric surgery. This designation is given by the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) to only a select number of hospitals and health systems across the country based on quality and cost criteria.