SOURCE: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

November 18, 2015 11:08 ET

The 1199SEIU Benefit Funds, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and North Shore-LIJ Team Up to Improve Care

New Program Will Coordinate Care for 10,000 1199SEIU Members

GREAT NECK, NY--(Marketwired - November 18, 2015) - The 1199SEIU Benefit Funds, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced the launch of the 1199SEIU North Shore-LIJ Coordinated Care Program. The new program will coordinate care for some 10,000 1199SEIU members.

"Our members spend so much time taking care of patients that they don't always find time to take care of themselves," said 1199SEIU President George Gresham. "Our new partnership with North Shore-LIJ gives 1199SEIU members the extra support they need to stay healthy with more streamlined care. This is a major step in the right direction for the industry, because quality healthcare depends on healthy caregivers."

The program takes effect January 1, which coincides with the health system's name change to Northwell Health. Care for 1199SEIU members will be coordinated through North Shore-LIJ Premium, an integrated network of more than 5,500 primary care and specialty physicians as well as other healthcare professionals in the New York metropolitan area. They will deliver accessible, efficient, team-based, integrated care focused on the individual needs of eligible 1199SEIU members. Members can continue to access North Shore-LIJ's network of 21 hospitals, approximately 450 outpatient practices and a full continuum of rehabilitation, long-term care, home care, hospice and other services on Long Island and in New York City and Westchester County.

"This new collaboration with 1199SEIU marks the first time the health system and a union have entered into a value-based contract that allows us to focus our efforts on improving important patient outcomes by enhancing the coordination, delivery and efficiency of care to our health care colleagues," said Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer of North Shore-LIJ. "This accountable care agreement is yet another example of our health system's shift away from episodic, fee-for-service medicine to a performance and value-based delivery model that allows us to align quality care with payment incentives."

The new program will create care management teams that can develop a personalized plan to help members manage a chronic condition, recover from a serious illness or successfully transition from a hospital stay to an aftercare setting. Through this patient-centered approach, the program also will help reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions and support individual efforts to improve overall health, while also reducing costs.

"We are pleased to be entering into another Accountable Care Organization (ACO) agreement, continuing to move more and more of our payments away from fee-for-service to a value-based approach, giving our members improved quality care as efficiently as possible," said 1199SEIU Benefit Funds Executive Director Mitra Behroozi.

"North Shore-LIJ Care Solutions, the health system's care management organization, will engage physicians and patients to provide care coordination services in support of high-risk members covered under this program," said Kristofer Smith, MD, vice president and medical director of Care Solutions. "Our goal is to achieve extraordinary outcomes through evidence-based activities to keep patients healthy, increase satisfaction and reduce unnecessary care."

About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.

One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system's owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 13,300 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,300 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.

About the 1199SEIU Benefit Funds - The 1199SEIU Benefit Funds are among the strongest and largest labor-management funds in the nation, providing a range of comprehensive benefits to more than 400,000 working and retired healthcare industry workers -- members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East -- and their families. 1199SEIU members enjoy comprehensive, high-quality health benefits at little or no cost.

About 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East - 1199SEIU is the largest union in New York, and the largest healthcare union in the nation. They represent over 250,000 healthcare workers in New York State, and over 400,000 total members throughout the East Coast. 1199SEIU's mission is to achieve quality healthcare and good jobs for all.

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