Johns Hopkins Medicine Termination Notice
As a not-for-profit healthcare company, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) recognizes that rising costs are a significant concern for everyone, especially for the people and communities we serve. CareFirst works with all network providers to review arrangements and set compensation that is fair, reasonable and in the interest of our members and employers.
CareFirst and Johns Hopkins Medicine (Johns Hopkins) have been negotiating new contract terms for the physician rates that will apply to CareFirst members (primary care and specialty services) and surgery centers. On September 6, 2022, Johns Hopkins issued a notice to CareFirst terminating our existing network contract.
CareFirst members should be reassured this will not immediately impact anyone’s access to healthcare services offered through Johns Hopkins. Members with scheduled physician visits or procedures through December 4, 2022, do not need to make alternative care arrangements. CareFirst’s first priority is connecting people to care; therefore, we will support our members if there is a need to identify new physicians to ensure CareFirst members have access to the care they require, regardless of the outcome of this negotiation.
We regret Johns Hopkins' decision to terminate our existing contracts and do not agree it was necessary to put the people we collectively serve in the middle of an ongoing negotiation.
As we continue to discuss how best to improve access, affordability, quality, and equity in healthcare together, our shared commitment to community and long-standing history of collaboration gives us hope that our partnership will continue.
We recognize that these decisions impact our members’ healthcare experience and that you may have immediate questions or a desire to seek alternative care arrangements. The CareFirst member support team is here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your dedicated team by using the following methods of communication:
Call the dedicated call center for any questions about Johns Hopkins coverage or support at 833-378-2110. The call center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Call the number on the back of your member ID card. A virtual member ID card can be accessed via your My Account portal.