UNC Health Care, BCBSNC open Carolina Advanced Health practice

Carolina Advanced Health, a new primary care physician practice from UNC Health Care and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) specializing in the treatment of adults with chronic medical conditions, opened Wednesday, Dec. 7.

By coordinating a patient’s health care under one roof at this new practice, UNC and BCBSNC believe that Carolina Advanced Health will improve health and quality standards and reduce complications among patients – both of which are expected to reduce medical costs.

“We are pleased to partner with BCBSNC on this effort,” said UNC Health Care CEO William L. Roper, MD, MPH.  “This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a new era in personalized health care that leads to improved patient health, greater efficiency, and lower health care costs.”

Carolina Advanced Health is located at 6101 Quadrangle Drive, Suite 100, in Chapel Hill. The phone number for the practice is 919-445-6000. An eligibility questionnaire for patients interested in becoming patients at Carolina Advanced Health is available here.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals at Carolina Advanced Health will work together to manage every aspect of patient care to help improve the patient experience. On-site access to nutritionists, pharmacy consultations, and mental health support will provide patients with support for all of their health needs in one place. The practice also streamlines the medical process, allowing patients to schedule multiple appointments on the same day, ask BCBSNC Customer Service claims questions on-site, and pay bills and schedule appointments online.

“Carolina Advanced Health is an example of how two groups can work together to find ways to rein in medical costs by ensuring that patients receive quality, coordinated care,” said BCBSNC President and CEO Brad Wilson. “Through a comprehensive approach towards wellness, prevention and chronic disease management, we are building the foundation for a better health care system in North Carolina.”

Carolina Advanced Health treats BCBSNC customers who are over 18, are covered by a participating BCBSNC health plan and are living with any of the following chronic illnesses:

  • coronary artery disease,
  • hypertension,
  • hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol),
  • diabetes,
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
  • chronic heart failure
  • asthma

Members of  the following groups are not eligible to visit Carolina Advanced Health at this time: Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement plans, the Federal Employee Program and members covered by Blue Plans other than BCBSNC.

“Patients with chronic conditions can spend a great deal of their time visiting doctors in multiple locations and updating them on their symptoms and treatments,” said Dr. Thomas K. Warcup, Carolina Advanced Health medical director. “Carolina Advanced Health emphasizes a coordinated approach for patients that will improve the quality of care they receive.”

Visit http://www.carolinaadvancedhealth.org for more detailed information about the practice.

Watch a video about Carolina Advanced Health at:

http://mediacenter.bcbsnc.com/pr/bluecross/electronic.aspx?fid=160101&id=E0C25437

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