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Blue Cross Blue Shield agrees to cover Owatonna Hospital — 4 insights

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota will include Owatonna (Minn.) Hospital in its Medicare Advantage plans in 2019, reports.

Here are four insights:

1. Patients enrolled in Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plans in Steele, Waseca, Dodge and other southern Minnesota counties will be considered in-network for treatment at Owatonna Hospital.

2. Those with an emergency medical condition who visit the Owatonna Hospital Emergency Department will also be considered in-network. Blue Cross will cover inpatient hospitalization or follow-up services for beneficiaries.

3. Owatonna Hospital accepts Medicare, Medicare Supplement and Medigap plans, as well as Medicare Advantage plans offered by Humana, Medica and UCare.

4. Owatonna Hospital's surgeons perform more than 5,000 inpatient and outpatient procedures yearly. The hospital's new 18,110-square-foot ASC features two endoscopy rooms and a dedicated laser eye room.

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