AmeriHealth NJ and Radiology Consultants of New Jersey Reach Agreement on New Contract; Implements Quality Program

AmeriHealth New JerseyJill Roman, Public Relations Manager609-662-2454

AmeriHealth NJ announced today that it has reached an agreement on a new, three-year contract with Radiology Consultants of New Jersey (RADCON), effective July 2012. The agreement includes an innovative quality initiative to improve the overall quality of patient care, by making health care more patient-centered, reliable, accessible and safe.

RADCON, a regional leader in diagnostic imaging, provides high-quality, cost-effective diagnostic imaging services through a network of 263 radiology providers in 46 imaging centers within the southern New Jersey geographic areas of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean and Salem counties.

Under the agreement, the RADCON network will share information that will improve quality of care through the establishment of goals, benchmarks and a series of quality metrics.

“We are proud to collaborate with RADCON on this new program, which is geared toward delivering high quality service at an affordable cost,” said Paul Portsmore, vice president of health services for AmeriHealth New Jersey. “As reimbursement gradually moves toward being based on outcomes and performance, it’s essential for payers and providers to work together to ensure access to the highest standard of care, which is what our members deserve.”

“We are very pleased to participate in this quality initiative,” said Dr. Robert M. Glassberg, president of RADCON. “It is a collaborative effort, one that will enhance the quality, affordability and access to health care for our patients.”

AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. and AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey (collectively, AmeriHealth New Jersey) provide health insurance coverage to employers and individuals throughout New Jersey. The company has the largest provider network in New Jersey*, and that network includes access to hospitals and doctors across the nation. The company is also committed to offering value-added insurance solutions for customers through its innovative wellness and incentive programs and benefits designs.

The company's managed care plan, AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. is accredited by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

AmeriHealth New Jersey and its affiliates are a growing group of insurance and health companies whose product portfolios include health insurance, workers' compensation, property and casualty insurance, and management services. AmeriHealth New Jersey headquarters are located in Cranbury, NJ. For more information on AmeriHealth, visit .

Founded in June 1994, RADCON is a regional leader in providing high-quality, cost-effective diagnostic imaging services through a network of 263 radiology providers in 46 imaging centers throughout southern New Jersey.

RADCON offers its patients and referring physicians a full spectrum of diagnostic imaging exams, including MRI, CT, Mammography, Ultrasound, PET/CT, Nuclear Medicine, and X-ray. RADCON couples the most advanced technology with highly skilled, service oriented radiologists to provide high quality radiology services to the communities in which it operates.

* Based on analysis done through an independent source.