In September of 2013, HackensackUHN entered into a groundbreaking alliance with six other health systems to form AllSpire Health Partners. Altogether, these seven health systems have a total of 28 hospitals, with a service area of more than nine million patients, 55,000 team members and more than 123,000 covered lives—making AllSpire the largest healthcare consortium of its kind in the country. The member systems are: Atlantic Health System (Morristown, NJ); Hackensack University Health Network (Hackensack, NJ); Lancaster General Health (Lancaster, PA); Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown, PA); Meridian Health (Neptune, NJ); Reading Health System (Reading, PA); and WellSpan Health (York, PA).
The consortium carries out joint activities in the areas of patient care services, research and education to improve patient and population health and create more affordable healthcare. This partnership is not a merger; it is an alliance with some of the nation’s best health systems to achieve very specific goals.
In March of 2014, HackensackUHN established a new partnership with New York-based CityMD to open urgent care centers during the next few years in northern New Jersey. CityMD currently has more than 50 urgent care centers in the New York metro area, including 23 in New York City. This partnership marks the first expansion into urgent care centers for the Network, and the centers will be located in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Essex counties and Rockland County, NY. The first location opened in Paramus in October 2015, followed by a new Clifton location in November. Additional locations will follow.
In early 2016, Hackensack University Health Network partnered with American Well, a leading national telehealth company, to provide telehealth services within the Network. ConvenientCare Now by Hackensack University Health Network will be available through the use of smartphones, tablets, mobile devices or online video - patients will have access to quality physicians any time of day. Telehealth represents a new frontier in medicine—virtually connecting patients directly with providers in real-time. ConvenientCare Now by Hackensack University Health Network’s services will launch during the first quarter of 2016.
HackensackUHN remains committed to improving the health of not only its patients - but of its entire community - through population health management.
In late 2013, HackensackUMC teamed up with the New York Football Giants and Fitness & Wellness Professional Services to open a new, state-of-the-art wellness center on Route 17 in Maywood, NJ. This dynamic 112,000-square-foot center offers everything to get and keep the community well, and is one of the largest of its kind in New Jersey. The 75,000-square-feet of fitness space features: state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment; an aquatic center featuring three salt-water filtered pools; sports performance training area; quarterly nurse assessments; more than 150 group fitness classes weekly; personal training evaluations; BEYOND Day Spa; complimentary child care; Sal’s Good Eats; and healthy cooking demos, support groups and other medically-based programs guided by its Medical Advisory Board. There is 35,000-square-feet of space dedicated to wellness and medical needs, including: behavioral health, Health Awareness Regional Program, the Molly Diabetes Education/Management Center for Adults and Children, the Institute for Breast Care, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and the Debra Simon Center for Integrative Medicine, a wellness pavilion including chiropractic care, acupuncture, and on-site Corporate Health and Wellness services. There are currently 8,300 members.
MinuteClinic, the retail healthcare division of CVS Caremark, partnered with HackensackUHN in May of 2012, in a clinical affiliation that expands access to convenient, affordable healthcare services in northeast New Jersey. Under the agreement, HackensackUMC physicians serve as medical directors for nine MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties. MinuteClinic and HackensackUMC collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives, and refer patients to one another when clinically appropriate. HackensackUMC accepts patients requiring a level of care not provided by MinuteClinic; while MinuteClinic offers patients walk-in services for common family illnesses and wellness and prevention services, such as health condition monitoring. In February of 2014, Hackensack University Health Network proudly applauded CVS Caremark’s decision to stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 national stores.
In September of 2012, HackensackUMC formed a joint venture partnership with community physicians and United Surgical Partners International (USPI) in the acquisition and operation of two ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) in Bergen County: Hackensack Endoscopy Center and Endoscopy Center of Bergen County. Under the partnership, HackensackUMC and USPI own a joint venture company that partners with physicians to own and operate a network of outpatient ASCs in the region. In 2015, HackensackUMC acquired a 10 percent interest in Metropolitan Surgery Center in keeping with our partnership with USPI.
In April 2012, HackensackAlliance ACO announced it was one of the first 27 ACOs selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO), a multifaceted program sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The ACO entered into an agreement with Medicare to take responsibility for the quality of care furnished to individual beneficiaries in return for the opportunity to share in any savings with the Medicare program for improved care. The ACO started with 13,000 covered lives and has now grown to more than 500 physicians managing 85,000 patients through MSSP and commercial contracts. The HackensackAlliance ACO MSSP program generated $17.2 million in savings on approximately 16,000 patients during its first two years in operation.
Hackensack University Health Network enjoys various models of employment partnerships with nearly 600 providers throughout the region. Ranging from sub-specialists to pediatric specialists to primary care, and with an extensive network of cardiovascular specialists - these medical groups help to improve efficiency and streamline care, strengthening the core of its provider base. The Hackensack University Medical Group is the largest member of the HackensackAlliance ACO.
In April 2015, HackensackUHN entered into discussions to partner with Summit Health Management, the parent company of Summit Medical Group in regard to an evaluation of HackensackUHN’s employed and leased physician base, and the possibility of a new entity co-owned by both organizations. Summit Medical Group is currently the largest and oldest physician-owned multispecialty practice in New Jersey. In addition to its 250,000-square-foot campus in Berkeley Heights, NJ, the Group, has offices in northern and central New Jersey. During this period of discussion, both organizations will inform each other of best practices, and review all data, management and structure in order to explore the formation of a shared new entity. Ultimately, the new organization hopes to construct a new 50,000-square-foot ambulatory care facility that will serve as a “one-stop-shop” ambulatory hub owned by HackensackUHN, but managed by Summit Medical Group.
In June 2013, HackensackUMC announced a new cardiac services alliance with Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (GSRMC), a member of Bon Secours Charity Health System, in Suffern, NY. The alliance, between HackensackUMC’s Heart & Vascular Hospital and the Active International Cardiovascular Institute at GSRMC, increases collaboration among the award-winning cardiac and vascular centers. HackensackUMC physicians provide clinical support and direct patient care at the GSRMC Active Cardiovascular Institute’s facility. This affiliation marks the only complete cardiovascular program in the lower Hudson Valley. Since the Cardiovascular Services Alliance began, HackensackUMC cardiac surgeons have performed more than 416 heart surgeries at Good Samaritan — 163 in 2015 alone.
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC announced its collaboration with the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery in February of 2012. As part of this collaboration, a team of three physicians from NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery joined an advanced practice nurse and a pediatric surgeon from HackensackUMC’s pediatric surgery team to provide the highest quality of surgical care to patients.
HackensackUMC and The Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState, located in Monmouth County, NJ, entered into an affiliation agreement for oncology services in November of 2013. The purpose of this agreement is to identify opportunities for each medical staff to collaborate on the provision of oncology services to their respective communities, integrate clinical programs, and share services and resources.
In October 2014, HackensackUHN partnered with Aetna to introduce a new Medicare Advantage plan throughout 10 counties in northern New Jersey. This plan launched in January 2015 in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Union, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties. The plan, titled the Aetna Medicare NNJ Prime Plan, is a Medicare Advantage HMO (health maintenance organization) based on a network of three New Jersey health systems and their affiliated physicians and providers. This product marks the Network’s first entrance into the insurance market. Together with two other New Jersey health systems - Atlantic Health System and Hunterdon Healthcare System – HackensackUHN coordinates care to provide high-quality, efficient, convenient and affordable care to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries.
In March of 2014, HackensackAlliance ACO entered into an agreement with the state’s largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ). This collaborative ACO agreement improves care and patient outcomes for more than 16,000 Horizon BCBSNJ members. Under this ACO agreement, Horizon BCBSNJ provides care coordination payments to the ACO to take on additional accountability for improving the health and patient experience as well as controlling the cost of care for its Horizon BCBSNJ patients. HackensackAlliance ACO - provided it meets certain health improvement, patient satisfaction and cost goals - has an opportunity to share in the resulting financial savings with Horizon BCBSNJ.
In August 2015, HackensackUMC began to participate in OMNIA with Horizon BCBSNJ to provide both parties with incentives to ensure OMNIA members receive coordinated care from the highest-quality physicians and other medical providers in the community. HackensackUMC partnered with Horizon BCBSNJ because they share the passion of providing improved outcomes at a lower cost of care. OMNIA will encourage patients to receive a greater percentage of their healthcare needs from the HackensackUHN providers. This will facilitate improved coordination and better medical management. HackensackUMC is excited to have an insurance company as a true partner, and this alliance brings together the best hospitals, doctors and insurance providers in the state. By partnering with Horizon, the organizations can develop new compensation plans for providers which focus on quality, efficiency, and patient satisfaction to be innovative and proactive in patient care. OMNIA is an entirely new concept nationally, and with strong partners.
In 2012, HackensackUMC secured an extension of its New York Football Giants partnership to 2020 HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital for the New York Giants.
In September 2015, HackensackUMC and the New York Football Giants announced a groundbreaking partnership to raise funds and find a cure for pediatric cancer: Tackle Kids Cancer. The two nationally-renowned organizations are harnessing their collective influence to advance research and provide children access to the highest level of care. Tackle Kids Cancer offers numerous ways for people to get involved and become part of the “team”—through special events with the Giants, exclusive merchandise with proceeds benefitting the partnership, and personal fundraising event ideas, such as viewing parties.
In September 2012, HackensackUHN teamed up with the New York Red Bulls professional soccer team for a six-year partnership. As part of this partnership, physicians from HackensackUMC provide medical treatment to the Red Bulls’ players, and Hackensack University Health Network receives in-stadium branding at the Red Bull Arena, a 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Harrison, NJ, known as the top venue of its kind in the country.
In 2013, HackensackUHN was the only hospital in New Jersey selected by the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee to serve as one of three “Official Health Services Providers” for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Together with the Hospital for Special Surgery and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the three hospitals provided comprehensive care for Super Bowl XLVIII. HackensackUMC’s Mobile Satellite Emergency Department (NJ-MSED) units were stationed at MetLife Stadium for the week prior to and including gameday and provided patients with high-quality mobile healthcare. AirMed One, the Network helicopter, was also on standby during Super Bowl events. Numerous patients were seen in the NJ-MSED during the week of Super Bowl.
In August 2014 and 2015, HackensackUHN served as Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. In 2014, as a partner in charity, The Barclays made a charitable donation to the HackensackUMC Foundation based on the total number of volunteers who registered with Team HackensackUHN.
HackensackUMC provides the New Jersey Devils hockey team with its Team Doctor, and provides medical team members at all games.
HackensackUMC provides the Brooklyn Nets basketball team with its Team Doctor, and provides medical team members at all games.