Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has announced an agreement with New Perspectives Health Care, LLC that will make the Sparta, N,J.-based provider the first nurse practitioner-owned and managed adult primary care provider within the Horizon BCBSNJ network.
New Perspectives takes a holistic approach through its co-owners, Sandra Morrison, RN, APN-BC, MSN, CNS, and Sharon St. Angelo, RN, APN-BC, MSN. St. Angelo is a certified CPR instructor, and both have received certification as tobacco treatment specialists.
“We are delighted to be a part of Horizons network and to provide patients with cost-effective, comprehensive, primary and semi-urgent healthcare,” Morrison said in a news release. “Our practice also works closely with patients to better educate and guide them through important choices about their health and treatment options.”
According to Morrison, adults seeking a personalized, holistic and proactive approach to care will have the option of working with a primary care provider who also can act as a patient navigator and help pilot them through the complexities of the healthcare system. She said NPHC offers comprehensive physical exams, treatment of acute illnesses, management of chronic diseases, therapeutic lifestyle changes, weight loss counseling, tobacco addiction counseling, stress reduction techniques, school and sports physicals as well as anticipatory guidance.
“Horizon works continuously to provide our 3.6 million members with access to a network that is comprehensive in size and diverse in its specialties,” Jim Albano, vice president of healthcare management for Horizon BCBSNJ, said in the release. “As a nurse practitioner provider of primary care, New Perspectives Health Care caters to adult members seeking a personalized, holistic and proactive approach to care.” •Photo courtesy of Sandra Morrison
At left, Sandra Morrison, APN-BC, consults with colleague Sharon St. Angelo, APN-BC. From left, Sandra Morrison, APN-BC, and Sharon St. Angelo, APN-BC