Oxford negotiations with Catholic Health East Hospital System

From Oxford:

We are continuing our efforts to negotiate a new contract with Catholic Health East of New Jersey (Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey; Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington in Willingboro, New Jersey; St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey; and Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey). While both parties continue to negotiate, we have not yet reached a new agreement.

 We are, however, further extending Catholic Health East of New Jersey’s participation in our network to January 15, 2015 and members may continue to use these hospitals on an in-network basis until this date. We are mailing letters to affected commercial non-HMO members who received our previous notices about this potential network change to notify them of this extension. Samples of these letters are attached for your reference.

Consistent with the four-month cooling off period mandated by the State of New Jersey, New Jersey fully insured commercial HMO members will be able to access Catholic Health East of New Jersey facilities on an in-network basis through May 14, 2015. These members have not yet been notified of this potential network change.

UnitedHealthcare and Oxford commercial non-HMO members may continue to use Catholic Health East of New Jersey facilities through January 14, 2015. You may use the enclosed communications for this outreach.