Allegheny County Judge Christine Ward has essentially ordered West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) to renew negotiations with Highmark, declaring that WPAHS cannot talk to any other possible suitor without breaching its original affiliation agreement.
Rob Pratte sat down with attorney Joe Friedman from Throp, Reed and Armstrong — a law firm that deals with healthcare.
They were once partners, and both say they are open to partnering again. But on Thursday in court, West Penn Allegheny and Highmark accused each other of breaking the original deal that would have merged the hospital system with this region’s largest health insurer.
To busy to catch the Wednesday edition of the KDKA Afternoon News? Maybe you want to hear that interview you enjoyed one more time? Well here’s a recap of Wednesday’s show.
Some say that a deal would make health care in the Pittsburgh area more competitive and lead to better patient care.
West Penn Allegheny says it needs a new partner and Highmark has filed a lawsuit to keep West Penn Allegheny from talking to anyone except Highmark. But until a judge issues an order agreeing with that request, West Penn Allegheny is free to look.
Late Monday, Highmark filed for a temporary restraining order to prevent WPAHS from starting affiliation discussions with any other groups.
Despite the cancelled merger with Highmark, the West Penn Allegheny Health System said that it was here to stay. But it’s little consolation to its thousands of employees.
For many who have followed this dance between the local healthcare giants — it sometimes seems like we just keep going around in circles. But Friday’s announcement does carry some risks for those served by West Penn Allegheny — even if that risk is not yet measurable.
Officials with West Penn Allegheny Health System have announced that their proposed deal to merge with Highmark has been called off. WPAHS called a news conference this morning to make the major announcement.
KDKA’s Radio Mike Pintek talked with State House Minority Leader Jay Costa about the Highmark and WPAHS deal that has fallen apart.
State Sen. Jim Ferlo’s full statement on the West Penn Allegheny Health System-Highmark situation.
This is the time of year when many organizations ask employees to pick their health insurance for 2013. But it’s not easy to compare health plans — although Consumer Reports says a new requirement of Obamacare may help.
Highmark opened the doors to its new comprehensive breast care center at Forbes Regional Hospital, giving Pittsburgh women a one-stop shopping approach to breast health.
On his fourth day in Pittsburgh, Highmark’s new CEO – Dr. Bill Winkenwerder – toured the Caring Place, a facility for children who have lost a parent, after sitting down with KDKA Money Editor Jon Delano in his first TV interview as CEO.