On June 24, 2019, UPMC announced a new, 10-year agreement between UPMC and Highmark.
UPMC’s recent offer to provide in-network access to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center was quickly settled, and more discussions grew from there, leading to a final agreement providing Highmark members with in-network access to all UPMC facilities and physicians in western PA.
The new 10-year agreement starts July 1, and also includes an extension of the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital agreements.
We are pleased with the agreement, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to serving the health care needs of the citizens of Pennsylvania.
The new agreement is for all UPMC services and locations. Any limitations resulting from the Consent Decrees end on June 30, 2019.
The new agreement goes into effect on July 1, after the expiration of the Consent Decrees on June 30, 2019.
As part of the agreement, and to ensure that patients are not caught in the middle, Highmark cannot charge its members more out-of-pocket to go to UPMC providers than to Allegheny Health Network providers.
Yes, the new agreement between UPMC and Highmark is for all UPMC locations, physicians, and services.
You should review your plan carefully, as Highmark may still offer some products that limit access to all UPMC services.
Your access remains the same and is not affected by the new Highmark contract. UPMC will continue to accept most major insurers for all services, including Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, and UPMC Health Plan.