BlueCross BlueShield of WNY and Kaleida Health Announce Contract Extension
Based on cooperation and collaboration between region’s largest provider of health care and health plan’s extensive membership in Western New York
Buffalo, NY — BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Kaleida Health announce a contractual extension of their existing agreement that ensures BlueCross BlueShield’s membership will continue to have access to Kaleida Health’s facilities and services.
For more than 160 years, the hospitals and health care facilities of Kaleida Health have been providing quality care to the communities comprising the eight counties of Western New York. Kaleida Health is the largest healthcare provider and the largest private employer in the area, and a major teaching affiliate of the University at Buffalo. They are affiliated with Great Lakes Health System of WNY, 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 the most comprehensive hospital and physician network in the region to their membership locally, as well as nationally through the Blue Cross Blue Shield “Blue Card” program.
“We are pleased to extend our agreement with our partners at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. As our industry continues to move from volume-based reimbursement to value-based care, it is important that we have a collaborative relationship with the region’s leading health plan. Together, we will continue to find ways to improve quality of care, accessibility and affordability for the patients that we serve,” stated Kaleida Health President and CEO Jody L. Lomeo.
“We know that healthcare costs, quality and access remain priorities for our members. By extending our current agreement with Kaleida Health, it allows for a greater level of certainty and stability around those costs, particularly for our employer community. Efficiencies in service delivery, enhanced value-based care and support for Kaleida’s physician network are all areas of mutual alignment. I want to publicly express appreciation for Kaleida’s willingness to negotiate this contract extension in a timely manner, and to recognize the tone and tenor of the negotiations,” stated BlueCross BlueShield President and CEO David W. Anderson.
Kaleida Health facilities have received the Blue Distinction Center+ designations by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) for the following:
- Buffalo General Hospital, Spine Surgery
- Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Spine Surgery
- Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Maternity Care
These designations are given by the 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. In addition, Kaleida Health facilities are also designated by BCBSA as Blue Distinction Centers for the following:
- Buffalo General Hospital, Bariatric Surgery
- Buffalo General Hospital, Knee and Hip Replacement
- John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, Maternity Care
- Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Knee and Hip Replacement
Terms of the contract extension were not disclosed.
About Kaleida Health
Kaleida Health is the largest health care provider and largest private employer (10,000 employees) in Western New York. More than one million patient visits are recorded annually at the Buffalo General Medical Center, Bradford Regional Medical Center, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Oishei Children’s Hospital, Olean General Hospital, plus health system’s 80+ clinics and health care centers. Kaleida Health operates HighPointe on Michigan and the DeGraff Memorial Hospital skilled nursing facility, plus the nation’s oldest – and original - Visiting Nursing Association. Kaleida Health also operates a major laboratory division as well as the Millard Fillmore Ambulatory Surgery Center. The organization is also affiliated with Great Lakes Health, the entity integrating Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation and the University at Buffalo. Kaleida Health's economic impact on Western New York exceeds $2.7 billion annually.
About BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is a division of HealthNow New York Inc., one of New York’s leading health care companies that provides access to quality health care and solutions for members throughout Upstate New York. Since 1936, BlueCross BlueShield has helped millions of people gain access to health care. Today, we offer 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. The company contributes significantly to organizations that promote physical health, community health and our region’s health, and BlueCross BlueShield employees also raise and donate several hundred thousand dollars each year. Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, the company is an independent Licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association.