Kearney Regional Medical Center joins BCBSNE provider network

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members have another option for quality, affordable health care in Kearney.   BCBSNE has signed a two-year agreement for the Kearney Regional Medical Center to join the state’s largest network of health care providers. 

“Our new network partner provides an excellent option for our members in the region,” said Lee Handke, BCBSNE senior vice president.  “We look forward to working with Kearney Regional Medical Center on ensuring quality and controlling costs for our members. “

The agreement allows BCBSNE members to receive in-network benefits while using Kearney Regional Medical Center, which lowers the costs members pay for services and impacts the amount of out-of-pocket expenses. The contract also offers competitive prices for BCBSNE members at a time when health care is moving to reflect the total cost of care and consumers and their physicians are looking for better value for their health care dollars.

“Kearney Regional Medical Center and its physicians are very pleased to be a participating health care system provider for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska,” said Larry Speicher, chief executive officer, Kearney Regional Medical Center.  “We are very much aligned with how BCBSNE brings value-based care through its health plans to the citizens of Nebraska, especially in the Central Nebraska region.” 

Kearney Regional Medical Center physicians practice in 35 clinics throughout the region serving nearly 300,000 Nebraskans. The facility has 44 beds with plans to add an emergency room and additional medicine beds.





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