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Highmark Health Statement on Contract Agreement with UPMC

Monday, June 24, 2019

Today’s news about a contract between Highmark and UPMC fulfills the promise to our community that we at Highmark Health have strived to achieve for the last five years: Consumers and patients have two outstanding health systems, in addition to our many independent community hospitals, to choose from for their care.

This announcement brings the certainty of health care access to thousands of people in our community. It marks a significant step forward for our region.

On behalf of our employees, clinicians and all of those we serve, I’d like to thank Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for his leadership and advocacy in helping to broker this new day for health care in Western Pennsylvania.

It’s important to remember that five years ago Highmark took bold steps to preserve health care choice in this region by investing more than $2 billion in the exceptional care and services provided by AHN in the Pittsburgh and Erie regions, including a nationally recognized cardiac team that boasts the #1 heart transplant program in the state and a top 10 program in the country; a cancer institute that collaborates with the world renowned Johns Hopkins cancer center to offer leading-edge innovation and cancer treatment capabilities; and a women’s health program that is setting new standards for the treatment of women with post-partum depression, among many other examples. 

We created AHN in service to the community and to preserve 17,000 health care jobs, a number that has grown to more than 20,000 today. We plan to continue growing AHN to meet the needs of patients throughout the region.

Together, Highmark and AHN are recognized as national leaders in the development and delivery of a community-focused, value-based care model that focuses on keeping patients healthy, and providing effective health care options in convenient, close-to-home settings. This is the future of health care in our country and Highmark and AHN have been at the forefront of the transformation.

While the contract terms and conditions between Highmark and UPMC will be finalized throughout the next few weeks, beginning July 1 all Highmark members will have full in-network access to UPMC if their health plan includes UPMC in their health care provider network.

- David Holmberg, president and CEO, Highmark Health