Innovative Solutions

We’re creating more equitable, affordable and accessible health offerings that drive better outcomes through innovative collaborations and partnerships, data and technology platforms and an emphasis on value-based care solutions.

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Why Healthcare Organizations Invest in Dedicated Innovation

Arianne Graham, Director of Innovation for Healthworx, recently wrote an article for the Baltimore Business Journal on the importance of innovation in healthcare and why investing in innovation yields opportunities for a variety of stakeholders.

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Strategic Coalitions Driving Innovation in Healthcare

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COVID-19 has taught us that strategic coalitions can bring enormous value to the public, rapidly and efficiently. CareFirst’s most recent coalition with Highmark delivers health benefits to market specifically designed for labor unions.

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Supporting Companies Focused on Health Equity

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Earlier this year, Healthworx and LifeBridge Health welcomed their first cohort of startup companies to 1501 Health. Learn more about the cohort and the common thread that connects them—equity.

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The State of Value-Based Purchasing

Brian Wheeler, Vice President of Provider Collaboration and Network Transformation for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, spoke with Health Leaders Media on the FFS chassis and the billing process. This platform is still how many services are billed, and VBC is struggling to remove itself from this model.

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Convening Experts Across the Healthcare Landscape to Promote Innovation

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Ricardo R. Johnson shares insights on why the future of healthcare cannot rely on one person or organization finding a magic formula for life-long health post-launch of the inaugural In the Worx magazine.

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Value-Based Contracts: Driving Adoption Post-Pandemic

Industry experts recently addressed the processes required to make value-based contracting as seamless and organized as possible during a webinar hosted by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

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CEOs Outline Goals for Ethical and Effective Data Sharing

Health Evolution sat down with industry leaders, including CareFirst’s President and CEO, Brian D. Pieninck, to talk about data sharing in the healthcare industry and how it can be used in the future.

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Value-Based Care Prioritizes Wellness Over Sick Care

In the second part of a two-part Q&A series, Brian Wheeler, Vice President of Provider Collaboration and Network Transformation, discusses how Value-Based Care prioritizes quality over volume.

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The Future of Value-Based Care

In our first ever podcast, Brian Wheeler, Vice President of Provider Collaboration and Network Transformation discusses how CareFirst is investing in Value-Based Care.

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The Role of Technology in Efficient and Equitable Vaccinations

CareFirst’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, David Kaercher, shares the importance of technology in a national vaccine distribution strategy.

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Behavioral Health Trends to Watch

Laura Patterson, Venture Capital, Healthworx, recently shared insights surrounding three behavioral health trends worth our attention as we consider additional investments into solutions seeking to improve the coordination and delivery of behavioral health.

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Bridging the Digital Equity Gap for Baltimore Residents

What do digital equity and health equity have in common? More than you think.

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Healthworx Delivering Programs to Help Startups

Find out how the innovation and investment arm of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is helping healthcare startups bring big ideas to the market.

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Transformative Journey to Value-Based Care Panel

A panel of national experts, moderated by CareFirst’s President and CEO, Brian D. Pieninck, share their perspectives on the national movement from volume- to value-based care.

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Award-Winning Leadership Shapes Better Healthcare Experience

Baltimore Business Journal recognizes Healthworx Vice President Ricardo Johnson for his leadership shaping the future of healthcare.

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Healthworx, Halcyon Partnership Provides Critical Mentorship to Startups

Healthworx supported the Win-Win Homesharing team during the Halcyon cohort kickoff event in 2019.

This new alliance is leveraging talent across the region and nation to address the toughest healthcare challenges.

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Building A Better Model for Healthcare

Medical advancements have dramatically altered the healthcare landscape in the U.S. The payment model, however, has remained virtually unchanged for over 50 years.

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Innovation Challenge Increasing CareFirst Impact

CareFirst President & CEO Brian D. Pieninck (left) and LifeBridge Health Senior Vice President Dr. Jonathan Ringo (right) with Socially Determined CEO Trenor Williams (center).

Applicants pitched ideas to a panel of industry experts, including CareFirst executive leadership, in a first-of-its-kind, Shark-Tank style competition.

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The Power of Partnership

Breaking the prescription drug cost curve means partnering with organizations who are as equally passionate about promoting greater transparency and competition as we are.

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