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First in Health

First in Health

First in Health is a public-private partnership that will enable private-sector employers to tap into a “medical home” infrastructure created for Medicaid recipients by a nonprofit organization on behalf of the State of North Carolina in the last ten years. “Medical home” is an approach to coordinating healthcare that relies on a patient’s primary care physician to use health information technology, best practices and care managers to coordinate care among a patient’s various health care providers.

Partners in the First in Health effort include Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the State Health Plan of North Carolina (SHP), local pharmacy chain KERR DRUG, business analytics company SAS and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), the state’s largest health insurer. They are joining forces to promote medical homes, change the way care is delivered and demonstrate that increasing the focus on managing chronic diseases, which account for 75 percent of the nation’s healthcare spending, can improve outcomes and hold down costs.