The complaint filed in April alleged that 12-hospital UPMC engaged in a conspiracy with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to put five-hospital West Penn Allegheny out of business. UPMC allegedly agreed not to compete with Highmark with its subsidiary health plan in exchange for higher reimbursement rates and an agreement to lowball payments to West Penn Allegheny, ultimately granting each other a monopoly. Schwab wrote that scenario advanced in the complaint “falls short on any plausible facts to support its bald allegations.”
“We respectfully disagree with the court's opinion, and we are reviewing the decision and considering our next steps,” West Penn Allegheny spokesman Dan Laurent said. UPMC spokesman Paul Wood said in an e-mail that “UPMC is pleased with the court's decision today to dismiss WPAHS's unfounded claims.”
Schwab declined to rule on allegations made in the complaint under state law.
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