Attorney general announces legal action in UPMC-Highmark dispute

WPXI | 2/7/2019 | Staff
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PITTSBURGH - Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a petition to stop UPMC and Highmark from a complete separation – which was set to happen this summer.

“Given the effect this dispute between UPMC and Highmark is having on Pennsylvanians, and the imminent expiration of the existing consent decree, we are asking the court to take action,” said Shapiro. “These changes are absolutely necessary to prevent UPMC from inflicting further harm on the public by forsaking its charitable obligations in pursuit of commercial success.”

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Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan was at the news conference and will have the latest developments and reaction on Channel 11 News, starting at 5 p.m.

The petition, which was filed in Commonwealth Court, seeks a modification of consent decrees that govern the relationship between the two healthcare giants. The petition asks the court to:

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In 2014, the state intervened in the dispute between UPMC and Highmark, issued consent decrees with both organizations. Those decrees govern how the two companies must interact to protect further harm to the public, according to a release by the attorney general’s office.

Shapiro said Highmark agreed to the modifications but UPMC did not, leading to legal action.

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