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UPMC And Highmark Announce 10-Year Contract

Shapiro says the two health care giants pledged to work together moving forward.

June 24, 2019 - 12:12 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and attorney general Josh Shapiro announced Monday that UPMC and Highmark have agreed to a ten-year contract that will extend access to UPMC facilities to Highmark-insured patients.

“A ten year contract to make UPMC facilities available to all Highmark customers. This deal goes beyond UMPC’s specialty hospitals like Hillman and Children’s,” Shapiro said.

“All UPMC hospitals and practitioner are now an option for Highmark’s insured.”

The new contracts go into effect on July 1, meaning patients will not have a gap in care.

Shapiro says the two health care giants pledged to work together moving forward. The agreement comes after the Commonwealth Court earlier this month ruled the consent decree between the insurer-providers would end on June 30th, ending in-network access to UPMC facilities and doctors for most Highmark customers.

He credited this agreement to UPMC reaching out over the past week to have talks between the two companies and his office. 

“It was an honest, and tough, and productive dialogue about the steps that we could take together to protect the access of care, regardless of what the court might ultimately say.”  

Earlier this year, the Attorney General's office filed a civil suit against UPMC contesting their non-profit practices and attempting to renegotiate the 5-year-old consent decree.

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