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Highmark, UPMC reach deal on ending contract


By Melanie Evans
Posted: December 22, 2011 - 1:00 pm ET
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Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, embroiled in a public dispute over an expiring rate contract, announced the agreement would end June 30, 2013.

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The Pittsburgh insurer and health system have battled over the terms of their break up after Highmark agreed this year to acquire UPMC's rival, the West Penn Allegheny Health System. UPMC broke off talks to renegotiate the contract and Highmark sued after the system launched an advertising campaign that told patients: “Keep your doctor, check your plan.”

“Highmark and UPMC want to jointly announce that Highmark subscribers will continue to have access to UPMC hospitals and physicians at in-network rates until June 30, 2013,” the insurer and system said in a joint statement. “The additional time period will provide certainty for UPMC patients and Highmark subscribers. Discussion sessions have taken place with the assistance of Governor Corbett and via third-party mediation.”


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