UPMC and Highmark enter into new 10 year contract

UPMC and Highmark enter into new 10 year contract

After months of tense court dates and wary patients flanked by lawmakers, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Monday that the University of Pittsburgh and Highmark dispute has been resolved with a new 10-year agreement ensuring patients can keep access to their existing doctors. 

When a commonwealth judge declared two weeks ago that Shapiro’s office lacked cause to extend the consent decree that had held UPMC and Highmark together since 2014, it appeared that the agreement would expire on June 30 as planned, much to the disappointment of patients.  
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Democratic legislators back attorney general in suit against UPMC

Democratic legislators back attorney general in suit against UPMC

In February with the end of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark partnership in sight, Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed suit to prevent the break-up.

From Shapiro’s side, the break-up would create unnecessary turmoil for patients, who could lose access to their doctors and or be forced to pay out of network prices. Furthermore, Shapiro alleged that that UPMC had failed to fulfill its charitable obligations.

Friday, April 26, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

With a consent decree preventing a separation between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark expiring in the summer, Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced legal action to amend the existing agreement by compelling them to continue their business relationship.

In 2014, after years of a drawn out break-up that would have spelled the end of access to UPMC doctors for Highmark patients and caused UPMC health members to pay out of network prices, the state intervened and put in place a consent decree meant to ease the transition in place. While, it didn’t erase the tension entirely, it preserved health care access for some patients. However, the decree was only designed to last five years. Should the health providers part ways, Shapiro said during his press conference, patients across the commonwealth would suffer.

Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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