UPMC boards reiterates position on Highmark contract
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
The board of directors of UPMC passed a resolution reiterating the health system's long-standing position that there will be no new reimbursement contract with health insurer Highmark Inc.
UPMC said Thursday that the resolution reinforces its argument that a Highmark contract would hurt it financially because the insurer intends to steer more than 41,000 UPMC patients a year to West Penn Allegheny Health System. It also wants employers and patients in Western Pa. to be prepared for the end of the contract on Dec. 31, 2014.
Highmark responded that a contract that gives Highmark members in-network access to UPMC is in the best interest of the community and UPMC should not be allowed to dictate which hospitals patients can access.
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