Care First, Intralign sign physician participation agreement

Specialty health care services provider Intralign Health LLC recently entered into a physician participation agreement with Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The agreement allows Surgical First Assistants (SFAs) to have in-network status for their support of surgeons in hospitals in Maryland. Further, the agreement allows for increased use of surgeon extenders, which will decrease surgery time and increase operating room productivity without compromising quality of care.

The use of SFAs during surgery decreases procedure times while increasing surgical quality but does not add any costs to the system. 

Care First is a nonprofit health insurance company that serves approximately 3.4 million people. It has been an independent licensee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield for 78 years. For more information, log on to

Intralign Health LLC provides an array of services including clinical support to orthopedic providers.