IF THE ACQUISITION GOES THROUGH, WILL ALL ENTITIES AND PROVIDERS CONTINUE TO ACCEPT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AS THEY DO TODAY? I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A DIFFERENT QUESTION THAN WHETHER THEY WILL ACCEPT MEDICARE SINCE MEDICARE AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE ARE DIFFERENT THINGS.

IF THE ACQUISITION GOES THROUGH, WILL ALL ENTITIES AND PROVIDERS CONTINUE TO ACCEPT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AS THEY DO TODAY? I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A DIFFERENT QUESTION THAN WHETHER THEY WILL ACCEPT MEDICARE SINCE MEDICARE AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE ARE DIFFERENT THINGS.

Yes, we do plan to accept assignment for Medicare.  In addition, we also plan to accept assignment for Medicare Advantage plans that we are contracted with currently.  However, each Medicare Advantage plan must agree to allow us to move Mission’s existing contracts to HCA.  While it is our hope and desire to continue our contracts with our Medicare Advantage plans, we do not control this step, so we cannot guarantee that it will happen in all cases.