North Carolina is in the process of transitioning Medicaid to Managed Care and has awarded contracts to five Prepaid Health Plans (PHP) including AmeriHealth Caritas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Carolina Complete Health, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare.
Allow us to introduce you to some of the pediatricians and physicians who will be leading the PHPs in our state.
*Representatives from these PHPs will be at the Annual Meeting in August for a chance for in-person discussions.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina: Patrick Conway, MD, FAAP
Patrick Conway, MD, FAAP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) and is a practicing pediatric hospitalist. Prior to joining Blue Cross NC, Conway served as Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and as Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Conway completed his pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital in Boston and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M University.
Carolina Complete Health:William Lawrence, MD, FAAP
William Lawrence, MD, FAAP, is the Chief Medical Officer for Carolina Complete Health. He has been a pediatrician since 1993 and served two terms as an at-large member of the NCPeds Board of Directors. After moving back to North Carolina from Kansas City, Mo., Lawrence is settling into his new role with Carolina Complete Health in Charlotte. He completed his pediatric training at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Bowman Gray School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
UnitedHealthcare: Michelle Bucknor, MD, MBA,FAAP
Michelle Bucknor, MD, MBA,FAAP, serves as the Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina. She has 25 years of experience in pediatrics and has been active in NCPeds since she moved to North Carolina in 2015. She previously served on the NCPeds Public Policy Committee prior to her role with UnitedHealthcare. Bucknor graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Dillard University in New Orleans, La. She currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.
WellCare: Eugenie (Genie) Komives, MD, FAAFP
Genie Komives, MD, FAAFP, is the Chief Medical Officer for WellCare of North Carolina. She previously served as the Senior Medical Director for the Duke Population Health Management Office and practiced family medicine through Duke Primary Care in Hillsborough. She completed her residency at the Duke-Watts Family Medicine Program and is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the University of Wisconsin.
*AmeriHealthCaritas declined to participate in this article.