DURHAM, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) announced it will offer a new Blue High Performance NetworkSM (Blue HPNSM) in the Triad, beginning January 2021. It provides members with access to a comprehensive set of high-quality doctors, hospitals, and specialists, while lowering costs for employers. More than 185 million Americans in more than 58 major markets will have access to Blue HPN across the country.

Members enrolled in Blue HPN will have seamless access to quality care through a national network that offers more than 10 percent total cost of care savings, on average, on top of the 5 to 9 percent savings already delivered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies’ broad Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). In the Triad area, employers can expect to see a savings of 13 percent with Blue HPN compared to Blue Cross NC’s PPO network.

 “Blue HPN is another example of how Blue Cross NC is committed to making health care better, simpler and more affordable with great providers like Wake Forest Baptist Health,” said Steve Crist, vice president of major accounts at Blue Cross NC. “We are excited to provide this comprehensive and unmatched product that reduces costs while teaming up with doctors and hospitals committed to quality outcomes.”

In the Triad, Blue Cross NC is collaborating with Wake Forest Baptist Health to deliver high quality and lower cost for Blue HPN. Wake Forest Baptist 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.

 “We are pleased to partner with Blue Cross NC to offer a new high performance network to employers and their members in our region,” said Kevin High, M.D., president of Wake Forest Baptist Health System. “We continue to work with our payer partners to reduce the overall cost of care to our patients. We are honored to serve HPN members through this partnership and committed to providing high quality and comprehensive care to those who select Wake Forest Baptist as their provider of choice.”

In North Carolina, Blue HPN will begin in the Triad and Charlotte areas, and then expand to other markets in the state.


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.

About Wake Forest Baptist Health
Wake Forest Baptist Health (www.wakehealth.edu) is a pre-eminent academic health system based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest Baptist’s two main components are an integrated clinical system – anchored by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, an 885-bed tertiary-care hospital in Winston-Salem – that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital, five community hospitals, more than 300 primary and specialty care locations and more than 2,500 physicians; and Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research that includes Wake Forest Innovations, a commercialization enterprise focused on advancing health care through new medical technologies and biomedical discovery. Wake Forest Baptist provided a record-setting $580.8 million in community benefits during the 2019 fiscal year, which includes unreimbursed care, charity care, education and research, and community health improvement. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.