Affinity Health Plan Expands Partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery

Leading orthopedics facility broadens relationship with Affinity to serve more members.

Bronx, New York—November 8, 2013 

Affinity Health Plan, a leading managed care organization serving more than 265,000 members in the New York metro area, announced that it recently broadened its contractual arrangement with Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). The previous agreement covered Affinity's Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus members. The new agreement allows Affinity's Health Exchange Plan members (Affinity Essential) to access all of HSS services.

Affinity is excited about its growing relationship with the hospital. "Affinity Health Plan and Hospital for Special Surgery have enjoyed a wonderful partnership over the years," said Glenn MacFarlane, Affinity Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business & Product Development. "In addition to providing outstanding care to our Medicaid members, they will now also service our Qualified Health Plan line of business (Affinity Essential)."

Hospital for Special Surgery also anticipates positive results from their relationship with Affinity. "We are proud to be partnering with Affinity in providing their members with access to the highest quality orthopedic care," said Stacey Malakoff, Chief Financial Officer, Hospital for Special Surgery. "Our expertise in diagnosis, prevention and treatment will be valuable in getting their members and their families back to an active life, skillfully and safely."

About Affinity Health Plan
Affinity Health Plan is an independent, not-for-profit organization offering quality health care coverage to New Yorkers. Affinity is proud to be an approved health plan for NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace, and to continue providing programs sponsored by New York State Medicaid managed care and Medicare. Founded in 1986, Affinity serves members in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties. Affinity's provider network includes more than 30,000 physicians and other health care providers and more than 69 of the area's best hospitals. For more information, visit www.affinityplan.org or follow Affinity on Facebook and YouTube.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 4 in rheumatology, and No. 5 in geriatrics by U.S.News & World Report (2013-14), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2012, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. HSS is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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