State To Intervene In UPMC-Highmark Fight

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The landmark deal in June that cemented the partnership between Highmark Inc. and the West Penn Allegheny Health System has caused no shortage of bad blood between Highmark, western Pennsylvania’s largest health insurance provider, and WPAH’s chief rival, UPMC.

UPMC and Highmark walked away from negotiations in the wake of the Highmark-WPAHS announcement, but the Pennsylvania State Legislature is trying to bring the two health care giants back to the table.

State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) tells NewsRadio 1020 KDKA’s Larry Richert and John Shumway what Harrisburg is doing to ease tensions between the companies, and discusses what would happen if UPMC and Highmark were to remain in their current stalemate.

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  • Get Out the Pink Slips

    Get rid of that arrogant Romoff, for starters. . . let heads roll. WE, THE SUBSCRIBERS, made UPMC what it is today. They OWE US.

    • EnoughAlready

      The boards of both organizations should send both of the CEO’s packing. The actions of both of these organizations are going to have a detrimental effect on the healthcare of many thousands of people.

  • Highmark Member

    So many poeple have Highmark. UPMC will take a huge hit if they don’t accept it and other doctors and hospitals will reep all the benefits. Quit acting like babies and get along.

  • Debbie

    This is a real shame because you have alot of senior citizens who a Medicare Advantage (HMO/PPO) plan thru Highmark. Most of the elderly are paying for those benefits and really do not understand their coverage, so now we are to tell them they need to pick a new PCP or other doctor due to what is going on between the two insurance carriers. You have UPMC who went thru Allegheny County and purchased as many of the hospitals they could getting mad because Highmark wants to merge with West Penn Allegheny Health. Please explain the justifications of what will happen to the paying members who have both companies as their insurance. THEIR ONLY PEOPLE YOU ARE HURTING WITH ALL THIS USELESS FIGHTING ARE THE PAYING MEMBERS.

  • EnoughAlready

    This situation is going to create big problems for many thousands of patients. With Highmark having a high market share of the health insurance in this area and UPMC having a high market share of medical care, many thousands patients are going to find themselves in a situation where the cannot see their doctor without a large increase in out of pocket costs. As these patents try to find in-network doctors, there will not be enough doctors, at least at first, to meet the needs of these patients. In addition the large amount of medical records which will need to be transferred will result in treatment errors and a few fatalities are to be expected as a result.

    Both Highmark and UPMC are non-profit organizations which are acting immorally. The board members of both organizations are being irresponsible and immoral for not taking action to replace the management of both organizations who are acting contrary to sound patient care.

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