An Epic Battle Has Begun. And NOT in the Supreme Court

Tom Emerick

Posted 3/26/12 on Cracking Health Costs

On the front page of yesterday’s WSJ is an article written by Anna Wilde Matthews and John W. Miller about a battle between Highmark (the Blues plan in the Pittsburgh area) and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

This may be a more important event than even the current Supreme Court case over PPACA.  Let me explain why.  Click here to read the full article.

UPMC, an academic-based medical center, has been a dominant system for years.  Highmark has purchased a competing health system called the West Penn Allegheny Health System.  According to the article, “UPMC, which has its own insurance arm as well as 19 area hospitals and 3,240 doctors, says it doesn’t want to bolster a company [Highmark] it now considers a direct rival.”  Consequently, UPMC has said it will not continue to particate in the Highmark network.

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