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OhioHealth to drop Anthem Medicare plan — How the decision will affect surgery centers & 11K patients

OhioHealth notified patients it will drop an Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicare plan from its network, effective Jan. 1, 2019, over a contractual issue, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Here are three takeaways:

1. About 11,000 patients will lose coverage for non-emergency services provided by OhioHealth facilities.

2. Certain surgery centers, hospitals and physician groups across Ohio will no longer be in the Medicare Advantage network, according to a letter sent to patients.

3. Anthem's Medicare plan will still cover emergency services. OhioHealth will continue participating in other Anthem plans, including Anthem Medicare Supplement plans.

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