New York Times reporter Steve Lohr spent the better part of three days in North Carolina this week learning about the move to value in healthcare that is being accelerated by both changes to the state’s Medicaid program and new initiatives by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
On Wednesday, Lohr spent most of the day learning about the state’s Healthy Opportunities pilots and the NCCare360 platform to address social determinants of health. He visited multiple health departments in the Triad with NC Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Officer Betsey Tilson.
On Thursday, he turned his focus to primary care, visiting Ardmore Family Practice in Winston-Salem and NCAFP members Dr. Robert Rosen and Dr. Amy Sapp. They discussed their ongoing efforts to improve quality and lower cost, including efforts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC and Aledade. NCAFP EVP Greg Griggs discussed the importance of Family Medicine with Lohr, emphasizing how primary care is leading the way to value, noting that payers are now learning that greater investment in primary care works.
Lohr was also scheduled to meet with BCBSNC President Dr. Patrick Conway and representatives of Duke University Health System. Look for additional updates once the article appears in the New York Times.