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UPMC Highmark 10 Year Deal
6/24/2019
 
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Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro will announce what they're calling a major development in a contract dispute between two Pittsburgh-based health care conglomerates. The announcement is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. The June 30 end of a consent decree is expected to trigger higher costs for Highmark insurance customers who use UPMC's vast hospital network. It comes a week after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that Shapiro couldn't force a court- ordered extension to a 5-year-old state -brokered agreement between UPMC and Highmark. Highmark and the attorney general's office want to extend the agreement, while UPMC is opposed. UPMC had opposed renewing their agreement in 2012 after Highmark purchased what is now Allegheny Health Network and became what UPMC viewed as a competitor in providing health services and insurance coverage. Two western Pennsylvania health care giants have a deal that averts the looming breakup of their business relationship, an agreement that prevents disruption and higher costs for many patients. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Monday that UPMC and Highmark have a new contract that gives Highmark insurance customers in- network access to UPMC doctors and hospitals for the coming decade. Shapiro, who earlier this month lost a court decision in his effort to extend the companies relationship, called the agreement a good deal for patients and the public. UPMC had opposed renewing their agreement in 2012 after Highmark purchased what's now Allegheny Health Network and became what UPMC viewed as a competitor in providing health services and insurance coverage. That led to a five-year consent decree that expires Sunday.
  
 
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