50 Most Influential Clinical Executives
Dr. Patrick Conway
President and CEO,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
During his two years as head of the large Blues plan, Conway has propelled the organization toward a more value-based payment mindset. In fact, within three to five years, the plan hopes that all of its 4 million members will be attributed to a provider that’s accountable for cost and quality, rather than fee for service. The Blues plan lowered rates for Affordable Care Act plans by an average of 4.1% last year and lowered Medicare Advantage premiums by 30%. And in March, Conway announced that he'll soon add the title of CEO of Portland, Ore.-based Cambia Health Solutions, through a so-called "strategic affiliation" between the two organizations. The two Blues organizations said their goal is to improve quality and lower costs while creating a better experience for customers.