Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s (BCBSNC) President and CEO Brad Wilson announced last week that he plans to retire after 20 years with the state’s largest health insurer.
“It’s been a privilege to work for a company that has been helping North Carolinians live healthier for the past 84 years,” said Wilson in the official media release. “Now is a good time to transition leadership to the next CEO – one who will lead Blue Cross through the next wave of health care reform just as I have been fortunate to do for the last seven years. I will work closely with the Board of Trustees to establish a timeline that ensures a smooth transition.”
While the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and BCBSNC often clash – at times even in the courts — over a wide variety of issues and policies affecting the day-to-day operation of your practice, relations with Wilson have always been cordial and open. He has regularly spoken to the NCMS Board of Directors as recently as last year when BCBSNC faced a massive technology glitch that brought confusion to patients and delayed payments to physicians.
Wilson started working at Blue Cross in 1996 and has served as President and CEO since 2010, leading the company through a period of rapid change in the health care industry. Under his watch BCBSNC began the transition to value-based care and oversaw implementation of the Affordable Care Act in North Carolina.
“I respect Brad’s leadership, integrity and many accomplishments over the two decades we’ve known each other,” said NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson. “I wish him all the best in retirement.”