CarePoint Health rejoins Horizon hospital network, resolving $76M lawsuit

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CarePoint Health’s three Hudson County hospitals will be rejoining the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield hospital network effective October 1st, resolving a $76 million lawsuit filed last year. Bayonne Medical Center

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We are excited to partner with Horizon to move healthcare forward in Northern New Jersey,” CarePoint Health CEO Jeff Mandler said in a statement.

“This agreement allows CarePoint to continue to invest in our people and infrastructure while ensuring care for the most vulnerable among us.

As of October 1st, 2017, the Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City and the Hoboken University Medical Center will return to the Horizon Hospital Network.

“We’re pleased about reaching a new rate agreement with CarePoint, which will provide our members with additional options for in-network health care services,” Senior Vice President of Healthcare Management for Horizon Allen J. Karp added in the same statement.

The new rate, three-year agreement means that Horizon BCBSNJ members for all products, including the NJ State Health Benefits Program (SHBP), will once again be able to access CarePoint health care facilities on an in-network basis, including elective and emergency procedures.

Back in September, CarePoint filed a $76 million suit against Horizon, alleging numerous unpaid and underpaid bills (h/t NJ Spotlight).

While Horizon brought up the expensive costs associated with CarePoint’s hospitals, they never followed through on filing a countersuit in the matter.