Officials at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore have ratified a five-year agreement to collaborate on cancer care, research, education and quality improvement.
The agreement could spur cancer-care competition in the greater Pittsburgh area. Allegheny is part of Highmark, the Pittsburgh-based health insurer that became an integrated delivery system after acquiring eight-hospital Allegheny last year. Its primary competitor, UPMC, has the region's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, one of the highest recognitions for cancer care and research. Johns Hopkins' Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center also holds that designation.