NEW YORK — Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has signed an agreement with Empire BlueCross BlueShield to join Empire’s Pathway and Pathway Enhanced Network. These networks are comprised nearly 49,000 physicians and 83 hospitals and serve Empire members who purchase individual insurance plans on the New York State of Health marketplace and small groups and individual members who purchase health insurance plans off of the marketplace. Hospital for Special Surgery, located at 535 East 70th Street in Manhattan, is America’s leading specialty hospital devoted to orthopedics and rheumatology. It is nationally ranked #1 in orthopedics and #3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015). “Expanding our partnership with Empire BlueCross BlueShield offers significant benefits to their members who want access to the highest quality musculoskeletal care,” said Louis A. Shapiro, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospital for Special Surgery. “HSS is committed to getting network members and their families back to what they need and want to do most.” “Empire BlueCross BlueShield has been serving New Yorkers for 80 years and is the largest insurer in the state for a good reason. We offer the best products on the market today, at competitive prices, and have a total commitment to serving our customers,” said Empire’s President and CEO, Brian Griffin. “We’re very pleased to have broadened the scope of our Pathway provider network with the addition of this renowned Specialty hospital.” To enroll, or to simply to find out more about Empire’s robust and cost-effective plans on the New York State of Health Marketplace or Exchange, please log onto www.empireblue.com or call 1-855-809-2884. To learn more about the New York State of Health Marketplace, visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov, or call the Marketplace customer service at 1-855-355-5777. About Empire BlueCross BlueShieldServing New Yorkers for 80 years, Empire BlueCross BlueShield is the largest health insurer in New York supporting nearly five million members and more than 38,000 business, union and small employers in New York. Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc., independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, serving residents and businesses in the 28 eastern and southeastern counties of New York State. Additional information about Empire is available at www.empireblue.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin or @empirebcbs, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinInEmpire, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin. About Hospital for Special SurgeryFounded 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. 3 in rheumatology and No. 7 in geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report (2014-15), 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. HSS is a member of the New York-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.