Auditor general urges UPMC, Highmark cooperation
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is urging the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Inc. to come to a long-term agreement to open all their hospitals to people with any insurance coverage.
DePasquale said in a statement Wednesday that Pittsburgh hospitals have been supported with public funds, and no one should be denied access because of their insurance coverage.
Highmark and UPMC have been involved in a series of bitter legal disputes since Highmark announced plans to take over the West Penn Allegheny hospital system. That puts Highmark in direct competition with UPMC hospitals.
State officials gave conditional approval to the Highmark-West Penn deal last month.
An insurance contract between UPMC and Highmark is scheduled to expire at the end of 2014.