Marketplace   Menu Guide   Complete Pages      
butler eagle
Site last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Bookmark our site!
Local PennsylvaniaNationalInternationalNews Extras  
Published: October 23, 2013 print this article Print save this article Save email this article Email ENLARGE TEXT increase font decrease font

UPMC, Highmark move to end dueling antitrust cases



PITTSBURGH — Attorneys for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and health insurer Highmark Inc. have agreed to end their dueling antitrust lawsuits at the urging of a federal judge.
But observers say the settlement doesn’t resolve an ongoing dispute over a contract set to expire next year that would make UPMC’s doctors and hospitals out-of-network providers for Highmark customers — meaning it would cost Highmark customers more to use UPMC services.
UPMC is Western Pennsylvania’s dominant hospital system, and it also has a related health insurance plan which competes with Highmark, the region’s largest insurer.
UPMC has refused to extend an agreement that keeps its hospitals and doctors in Highmark’s provider network, in part, because Highmark has acquired a smaller hospital network, since renamed the Allegheny Health Network, in hopes of competing with UPMC.





Back
Comments
Order Photos!
 
MORE NEWS HEADLINES
arrow USIS lays off 1,200 workers in Butler area
arrow Secret Service chief resigns after security lapses
arrow Web promos for Thursday
arrow U.S. flag case held for court
 
MOST READ ARTICLES
arrow Dirt bike hits deer, boy hurt
arrow Zelienople might be featured on TV program
arrow Police investigate death as homicide
arrow Shots fired during robbery, police say