Large, quality network with the best doctors1 and the best hospitals2
Members have access to the largest physician network in New York,3 which includes the highest number of New York magazine's "Best Doctors in New York."1 That's over 82,000+ provider locations and 147 hospitals in New York and the bordering counties in New Jersey and Connecticut.3
The largest national healthcare network in America provides our members with access to 90% of all hospitals and 80% of all doctors in the United States4 through the BlueCard® program. That equals 668,000+ provider locations and over 8,500 hospitals nationwide.
Members can choose any provider, whether they are in-network or out-of-network.
No claim forms for in-network care.
Freedom to self-refer
Members have the freedom to refer themselves to any specialist. A PCP (Primary Care Physician) is not required.
BlueCard® Worldwide provides healthcare coverage for members traveling in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, the South Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
Empire's PPO plan is an excellent solution for employers who wish to offer employees in-network and out-of-network benefits at a competitive price.
Look for options enabling you to reach lower price-points on our premium network.
360° Health® — A Revolution in Care
A comprehensive suite of health programs and services to help keep members healthy, help to reduce absenteeism and increase productivity:5
1 Based on lists in New York magazine's 6/14/04 issue and searches of competitor's websites in August 2004.
2 Most of the "Best Hospitals" included in the U.S. News & World Report list published 4/04 that are located in our 28-county service area are in our HMO/POS network.
3 Network comparison data from first quarter 2004 ProAccess Database by HealthConnect Systems, including providers in 28 counties of New York and 10 bordering counties of New Jersey and Connecticut. Numbers represent site count. *New Jersey counties: Essex, Hudson, Union, Sussex, Passaic, Monmouth, Middlesex and Bergen. Connecticut counties: Fairfield and Litchfield.
4 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association PPO/EPO network-comparison data from first quarter 2004 and data from websites of other national carriers as of May 2004. Network data includes the BlueCard® program, an extensive network of doctors, hospitals and other providers that participate in independent BlueCross and BlueShield plans across the country.