Blue Cross NC Contracts with Community Care Physician Network to Serve North Carolina Medicaid Recipients
Blue Cross NC's Healthy Blue members to have access to high-quality care from North Carolina's largest network of independent primary care clinicians
Durham, N.C. (July 1, 2019) – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has contracted with Community Care Physician Network, LLC (CCPN) to provide primary care services to Healthy Blue members. Healthy Blue is a Medicaid plan from Blue Cross NC that will serve Medicaid beneficiaries beginning Nov. 1 under the state’s new Medicaid managed care system.
CCPN is a physician-led, clinically integrated network of independent primary care clinicians that provides practices the support needed to deliver high-quality patient care. CCPN's 2,500 primary care clinicians currently care for more than 2.5 million North Carolinians, including 700,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.
“CCPN practices are known nationally for putting patients at the center of care, improving quality and reducing cost through innovation and collaboration,” said Jesse Thomas, CEO of Healthy Blue and vice president of the Medicaid segment at Blue Cross NC. “Blue Cross NC recognizes the essential role of primary care in improving the health of the state’s Medicaid population and welcomes CCPN to our lineup of primary care clinicians for Healthy Blue.”
“We are pleased to join the Healthy Blue provider network to continue serving the Medicaid population as the state transitions to Medicaid managed care,” said Gregory L. Adams, MD, FAAP, CCPN Co-president and a pediatrician in Boone. “We are excited that our high-performing practices that provide critical access across North Carolina will be available to Healthy Blue members.”
“I believe this collaboration will improve health outcomes, reduce unnecessary costs and improve the satisfaction of both patients and clinicians,” said Conrad L. Flick, MD, CCPN Co-president and a family physician in Raleigh. “We look forward to working with Blue Cross NC to make a difference in the lives of Medicaid recipients.”
The addition of CCPN to Healthy Blue’s network of primary care providers is another step in Blue Cross NC’s efforts to build high-quality, coordinated patient care, including services offered by nationally recognized providers of intensive primary care. Once North Carolina’s transition to Medicaid managed care begins, Healthy Blue members will continue to be eligible to visit CCPN providers. CCPN providers currently serve many patients who will transition to managed care. That transition is scheduled to begin Nov. 1 in the 27 counties in the first phase and members in the remaining counties in February 2020.
Any reference in this press release to any person, organization, activity, or services related to North Carolina Medicaid does not constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) improves the health and well-being of our customers and communities by providing innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.9 million members, including approximately 1.1 million served on behalf of other Blue Plans. Since 1933, we have worked to make North Carolina a better place to live through our support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit Blue Cross NC online at bluecrossnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.
CCPN is a physician-led, clinically integrated network of over 2,500 primarily independent primary care clinicians in 880 practices across North Carolina. CCPN, a high performing network, has chosen Community Care of North Carolina to support its practices through analytics, care management and practice support. CCPN is committed supporting practices across multiple payers and all value-based payment models.