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North Shore-LIJ Health System to Launch a Health Plan

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 1, 2013

"The difference with us is that we are limiting the network to our providers where we have some serious control over quality and coordination. We can make it a much simpler process to get into care and get coordinated care among the various providers," Gold says.

"We are also setting the price lower than almost any other plan out there in the commercial marketplace now or even projected to be on the exchange. We are going to be about 10% or more lower than the Oxford Liberty plan which is the lowest in the market. The numbers we have seen right now [show] we are about $420 for an individual on the exchange this October on the silver plan. That is what has been approved so it is public. We have also seen that Aetna is about $600 for the silver plan on Long Island. United's plan that is out there is going to be about 30% higher than us."

Gold says CareConnect gives North Shore-LIJ the opportunity "to improve our ability to coordinate the care not just for this product but for anyone who comes into our health system. We are using this as a way to transform the model of care from fee-for-service to one where there are alternative arrangements for reimbursements. It has a major effect on the way you deliver care for everyone."

Healthcare economist Adam Powell says CareConnect is part of a growing trend towards payer-provider integration.

"We have recently witnessed the acquisition of West Penn Allegheny Health System by Highmark and the acquisition of Neighborhood Health Plan by Partners HealthCare," he says.

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4 comments on "North Shore-LIJ Health System to Launch a Health Plan"


Linda Salvio (9/25/2013 at 9:41 PM)
I reside in the NS LIJ area and I was interested in knowing how this coverage will be accepted state-wide if perhaps you are traveling or have a student residing in another state or abroad. Thank you

robert in smithtown (9/8/2013 at 6:24 AM)
Is there an rss feed or twiter hashtag or email list to get on for more info on this? Id like to know more specifics as they become available, which doctors will be available, etc.

Catherine (9/5/2013 at 2:56 PM)
I am interested to know how to enroll and what the premiums are...