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Blue Cross NC begins enrolling members statewide in Healthy Blue
| News Story | The Mountaineer

Blue Cross NC begins enrolling members statewide in Healthy Blue

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) began enrolling its first members in Healthy Blue on March 15. The Medicaid managed care plan features a provider network with more than 48,000 physicians and other practitioners, including most of the state’s hospitals and health systems.
Blue Cross NC claims costs rise thanks to COVID
| News Story | Modern Healthcare

Blue Cross NC claims costs rise thanks to COVID

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina's medical claims reached a record $7.5 billion in 2020, a 7.7% increase over 2019 that was driven by COVID-19 and specialty drug costs and lower Affordable Care Act plan premiums.
“Life feels like the movie Groundhog Day.”
| News Story | Point of Blue

“Life feels like the movie Groundhog Day.”

For Dr. John Scheitler, a primary care doctor in Gastonia, North Carolina, life feels like the movie Groundhog Day. Every day he tries to do right by his patients and hopes he’s done enough to keep himself and his family safe. But back in March, this didn’t feel routine.
"We knew the pandemic was coming."
| News Story | Point of Blue

"We knew the pandemic was coming."

After attending a filtration conference in late February, Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi returned to North Carolina determined to create filters for masks at North Carolina State University (NC State). “At the conference,” he said, “we already knew the pandemic was coming. It was all we could talk about.”
Dynamic diversity: The changing look of N.C. executive power
| News Story | Business North Carolina

Dynamic diversity: The changing look of N.C. executive power

A few people on the BNC list are prominent figures in North Carolina, including CEOs Ellison, Tunde Sotunde of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Gene Woods of Atrium Health...Sotunde, 55, took the job last June in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which reflected higher infection and death rates among minorities. The executive’s international roots and accomplishments as a physician and businessman should enable him to help “reshape health care,” Blue Cross Chair Frank Holding Jr. said at his hiring. It’s the state’s largest insurer with more than 3.7 million members.

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$750,000 Blue Cross NC investment expands school-based virtual clinic in Cleveland County

The investment over three years will allow kids to have access to primary care onsite without ...