Chapel Hill, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and Capital Emergency Physicians, P.A., of Raleigh have reached a new agreement for the practice to serve as an in-network provider for BCBSNC members.
Capital Emergency Physicians provides medical care to patients treated in the emergency room at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital (formerly Raleigh Community Hospital). Capital Emergency Physicians is the only Wake County ER physician practice currently participating in BCBSNC’s networks. The new contract was effective March 1.
"We are pleased to welcome this respected practice back to our networks," said Milo Brunick, BCBSNC vice president of Network Management. "We have negotiated in good faith to reach this mutually beneficial agreement. This will mean increased convenience for our members who receive emergency care at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital."
"Capital Emergency Physicians, P.A., is pleased to enter this contractual relationship with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina," said Randall Best, MD, president of Capital Emergency Physicians. "We are confident that this arrangement will facilitate for our patients the often cumbersome process of paying emergency room bills."
"Our goal is to make accessing care at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital as easy and convenient for patients as possible," said Carla Parker Hollis, chief planning and marketing officer at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital. "We believe that the agreement between Capital Emergency Physicians and BCBSNC will enhance that goal."
In the Triangle, ER physician practices serving UNC Hospitals, Duke Medical Center and Durham Regional Hospital are also in BCBSNC’s networks. BCBSNC always advises members to go to the nearest hospital in an emergency.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.1 million members, including approximately 549,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. The company offers its members the Blue ExtrasSM value–added programs, which provide discounts and information on a wide variety of health–related services at no additional cost. BCBSNC also offers life, dental, long–term care and disability insurance products. For 71 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health.
BCBSNC’s HMO product has earned Excellent Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, not–for–profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care. BCBSNC also has North Carolina’s first and only NCQA accredited PPO plan – Blue OptionsSM. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at
About Capital Emergency Physicians, P.A.:
Capital Emergency Physicians is comprised entirely of board-certified emergency physicians and has staffed Duke Health Raleigh Hospital for more than 10 years.