Blue Cross partners with companies to open Medicaid clinics

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s largest insurer has brokered an agreement with three national health care companies to open intensive primary care clinics this year in areas lacking services.

“When patients with multiple health issues have access to intensive primary care, we know they’re more satisfied, and we know it improves their overall quality of care, and reduces total cost of care,” Dr. Rahul Rajkumar, chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, said in a press release Friday.

The companies’ operations mirror the shift among the state’s hospitals and doctor groups. Quality of care is emphasized rather than the amount of services delivered. Primary care physicians coordinate patients’ care. Providers get a limited amount of money to provide necessary clinical services. Key goals include addressing lifestyle and other social factors which can harm a patient’s health.

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