DURHAM, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is expanding its cost-saving Blue High Performance Network℠ (BlueHPN) in the Triangle, beginning January 2022. Created to improve health outcomes and value, BlueHPN provides members with access to a comprehensive set of high-quality doctors, hospitals, and specialists, while lowering costs for employers. BlueHPN reaches more than 65 major U.S. markets, and is the only High Performance Network with presence in all top 10 U.S. cities.

Members enrolled in BlueHPN through their employer plan will have seamless access to quality care through a national network that offers more than 11% total cost of care savings, on average, on top of the 5 to 9% savings already delivered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies’ broad Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). In the Triangle area, employers can expect to see a savings of 13% with BlueHPN, compared to Blue Cross NC’s PPO network.

“BlueHPN is another example of how Blue Cross NC is committed to making health care simpler and more affordable,” said Roy Watson, vice president of group accounts at Blue Cross NC. “By teaming up with doctors and hospitals committed to quality outcomes, we are able to focus on improving patient health, while lowering health care costs.”

In the Triangle, Blue Cross NC is collaborating with Duke Health to deliver higher quality and lower costs for members. Duke Health is part of Blue Cross NC’s value-based care model, Blue Premier, which holds health systems and Blue Cross NC jointly accountable for better health outcomes, exceptional experiences and lower costs over the term of the arrangement, rather than a fee-for-service contract. Blue Premier created an estimated $197 million in cost savings and quality improvements in 2020.

In North Carolina, BlueHPN is also offered in the Triad, Charlotte and Hickory-Statesville markets and will continue to expand to other areas in the state.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is committed to making health care better, simpler and more affordable. We have been driving better health in North Carolina since 1933, working to tackle our communities’ greatest health challenges. Blue Cross NC serves its customers and communities of more than 4.2 million members, including approximately 1.1 million on behalf of other Blue Plans. Blue Cross NC 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.