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Highmark and UPMC extend contract

By , - Last modified: May 2, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Gov. Tom Corbett today announced a continuing agreement between Pittsburgh-based Highmark Inc. and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The two entities will provide in-network access for Highmark commercial and Medicare Advantage members to all UPMC hospitals and doctors through 2014, according to a press release.

David F. Simon, executive vice president and chief legal officer of Delaware County-based Jefferson Health System Inc., assisted in negotiations, Corbett’s office said.

Highmark and UPMC will continue to negotiate access beginning in 2015 to particular UPMC services and vulnerable populations, according to the release.

“What this agreement means is that medical insurance protection will continue for our state’s most vulnerable citizens, including those that rely on Pennsylvania’s health care plans for their children and other family members,” Corbett said in a statement.

The governor thanked several legislators for their participation in the negotiations, including Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong County; Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny County; Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny County; Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County; and Rep. Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny County.

UPMC last year announced it would terminate contracts between its 3,000 doctors and Highmark. In December, after mediation sessions with Corbett, the contract was extended through June 30, 2013.

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