Complete Care

We’re supporting people’s complete health and well-being through a 360 approach to treat the whole person—physically, mentally and emotionally.

Making a Difference in 2022

In 2022, CareFirst contributed $24 million to support 358 nonprofit organizations and 400,000 individuals throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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Heart Disease Doesn't Stand Still. Neither Should We.

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Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups. One person dies every 33 seconds in the U.S. from heart disease. In 2021, that accounted for 1 of every 5 deaths. Including healthcare services, medicines, and lost productivity, heart disease costs the U.S. nearly $240 billion annually. Its toll—both in terms of personal and financial costs—is truly staggering.

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Speak Up: CareFirst's 2023 Annual Report Reflects Company's Commitment to Ethical Behavior, Compliance, Transparency

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In 2022, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) remained the largest not-for-profit healthcare insurer in the mid-Atlantic region, employing nearly 5,800 full-time individuals and serving 3.6 million members in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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Innovative Care for Members: Healthworx and 1501 Health Companies

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Through Healthworx and 1501 Health, we collaborate with organizations and entrepreneurs to address challenges in the healthcare industry or create new solutions to provide high-quality care. These organizations also explore innovative opportunities to bring solutions to CareFirst members to address their unique, diverse challenges.

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CareFirst’s 5th Annual Week of Equity & Action Cultivates Thriving Communities

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As the mid-Atlantic region’s largest not-for-profit health plan and a leading employer in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, CareFirst’s Week of Equity & Action is core to the organization’s mission to provide affordable, accessible and equitable healthcare for all. By dedicating time and resources to listening to one another and learning about different lived experiences, CareFirst and its employees can better act to meet the needs of the people and communities we serve.

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New, Free Resource Helps Members Manage Their Medications

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Through a new partnership with Baltimore-based company Scene Health, CareFirst Community Health Plan of Maryland members now have access to Spotlight, a digital medication support program that helps members with medication adherence. Scene Health is a Healthworx portfolio company and shares CareFirst’s vision of patient-centered care while encouraging individuals to take an active role in their health.

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Mountain Laurel Medical Center Enhances Dental Care for Rural Communities with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Grant 

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As one of six federally qualified health care centers chosen for the grant, Mountain Laurel is leveraging their community health workers and reformulating the way they connect underserved or at-risk patients to dental care with the additional funding from CareFirst.

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New Tool Offers Connection To Free, Low-Cost Social Services

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CareFirst is working with findhelp to connect members, employees, and residents in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and parts of Northern Virginia—regardless of whether they are a CareFirst member—to free or reduced-cost social and health services.

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Striving For Better Health Outcomes Through Public Health

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Djinge Lindsay, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst), spoke with WTOP News and discussed CareFirst’s public health infrastructure and efforts to address chronic illnesses and disparities in care through data and collaboration.

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Getting Real about REL data

Sharing certain information about yourself can help the healthcare industry to better understand and serve patients.

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Making a Promise of Prevention

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The following article summarizes a message from CareFirst’s Chief Medical Officer, asking individuals to make a "promise of prevention," to safeguard their health and wellness.

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Preventing, Managing Diabetes Through A Holistic Approach

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More people today are living with diabetes than ever before. CareFirst is advancing a multi-pronged approach to help drive down costs associated with diabetes care and promote preventative healthcare measures for individuals living with diabetes through advocacy and partnerships, community support, and complete care solutions.

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Creating a Culture of Wellness

A conversation with Oleg Tarkovsky, Director of Behavioral Health Services at CareFirst, about creating a culture of wellness – at work and at home.

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What is Health Equity? Why Does it Matter?

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Health equity means everyone has a fair and just chance to be as healthy as possible. For equity to exist, we must remove obstacles to health for all.

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What You Need to Know About Monkeypox

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According to the CDC, monkeypox spreads through close contact, including skin-to-skin and respiratory secretions through face-to-face interaction. The virus can also spread by touching objects, like infected clothing or bed sheets. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself and others.

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Advancing Health Equity: Making Meaningful Change

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CareFirst is committed to supporting health equity efforts at a national and local level. How are we seeking to understand the challenges our communities face, and working together to make a meaningful difference? CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Plan Maryland (CareFirst CHPMD) CEO, Mike Rapach, shares some insight into our efforts to advance health equity in Maryland.

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Dental Care and Your Overall Health

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Taking care of the mouth is about more than having a nice smile. Your mouth reflects the overall health of your body. It can show signs of infection or disease before you experience other symptoms.

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CareFirst Launches Blue High Performance NetworkSM Offering and Advances Value-based Care Partnerships

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) champions the importance of transitioning to a value-based care system and is committed to bringing affordable, high-quality healthcare to all its members. That’s why we introduced the Blue High Performance NetworkSM (BlueHPNSM).

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Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Dr. Robert Sadowski, Pediatric Specialist and Medical Director for CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield (CareFirst), recently discussed frequently asked questions parents, guardians and caregivers may have about COVID-19 vaccines for young children.

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Data and Social Determinants in Support of Better Health Outcomes

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CareFirst's Vice President of Community Health and Social Impact Dr. Destiny-Simone Ramjohn and Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tich Changamire recently spoke with Health Leader's Media on the importance of addressing social determinants of health and how alternative data can be used to create solutions.

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How to Bolster Mental Health Defenses

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Oleg Tarkovsky, Director of Behavioral Health Services, CareFirst, recently authored an article detailing the symptoms of depression and how to address changes in your mental health to bolster defenses.

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Depression vs. Languishing

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Oleg Tarkovsky, Director of Behavioral Health Services, CareFirst, recently spoke with WBAL TV for National Depression Awareness month to discuss the difference between clinical depression and simply feeling down or languishing.

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The Surprising Reasons Behind Vaccine Hesitancy

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As COVID-19 continues making its presence known worldwide, politicians and public health officials are perplexed by the increased resistance to vaccine safety and efficacy. In searching for a reason to explain this resistance, psychology and, more specifically, cognitive biases research have a lot to offer.

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What will be the Pandemic's Mental Health Legacy?

CareFirst's Executive Vice President of Health Services, Stacia A. Cohen, R.N., MBA, joined the panel during MedCity INVEST to discuss mental healthcare disparities and the pandemic's broader effect on mental health.

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Meeting Member Needs Through Medicaid

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Vickie Cosby, Senior Vice President, Medicaid and Medicare Programs, CareFirst and Cindy Nanasi, VP, Segment Integration, CareFirst, recently spoke with Oliver Wyman Health about CareFirst’s entry into Medicaid.

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How Plans Are Supporting Providers on Their Value-Based Care Journey

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World Congress recently hosted a panel discussion highlighting the importance of applying a phased approach to meet providers where they are at to accelerate success in value-based care arrangements.

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Vaccines Are the Way to End This Pandemic

CareFirst’s Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Daniel Winn, recently shared important information with the Baltimore Sun on COVID-19 vaccines, myths tied to vaccines in general, accessibility and post-vaccination measures.

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Helping Members Manage Diabetes from the Comfort and Safety of Home

A new virtual program from CareFirst and leading diabetes management company, Onduo, ensures high-risk members get the care they need, especially during COVID.

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Removing Barriers to Diabetes Care

Most people who have prediabetes don’t even know they have it. The U.S. is experiencing a silent national epidemic.

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As Childhood Vaccinations Decline, Concern Grows

There has been a steep drop in the rate of pediatric vaccinations since the start of the pandemic. See how CareFirst is course-correcting this distressing development.

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