Payer and providers in Northern New Jersey are addressing social determinants of health. Partnerships also are growing as healthcare stakeholders work together to improve population health and hold down cost increases. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey partners with RWJBarnabas Health on the largest program to address social issues, but the insurer also has individualized value-based contracts with other integrated delivery networks to achieve better outcomes. IDNs are focusing on geographic expansion through urgent-care clinics. The IDNs also are partnering with high-profile cancer centers to offer advanced cancer treatments, including access to newly approved drugs. Northern New Jersey providers are preparing for more full-risk contracts to meet payer demands for cost savings and efficiency. Horizon also will negotiate more outcomes-based contracts with pharma companies.

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