Pennsylvania high court takes UPMC-Highmark insurance case
The signs marking the offices for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UPMC, are seen on top of the U.S. Steel tower on Monday, April 3, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
(Harrisburg) — Pennsylvania’s highest court will resolve whether a business relationship between two major health care providers will expire as scheduled at the end of June.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the petition by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who wants to delay the June 30 end of a consent decree involving UPMC and Highmark Health.
A Commonwealth Court judge has ruled he lacked authority to extend the scheduled dissolution of the companies’ relationship.
The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the matter when it meets in Harrisburg in mid-May.
The companies in 2014 signed a five-year consent decree that kept in-network rates for Highmark customers in the Pittsburgh area and Erie.
The end of that agreement may make patients with Highmark insurance unable to get in-network treatment through UPMC’s network.