Pennsylvania AG: Highmark and UPMC ends legal dispute; inks 10-year contract

Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro succeeded in its negotiations with the leadership of UPMC and Highmark to resolve their longstanding dispute over their current consent decrees, which are set to expire on June 30.

On Monday, AG Shapiro and Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the two largest non-profit healthcare providers in Western Pennsylvania signed a 10-year contract, which will be effective on July 1.

The contract ensures that Highmark patients will continue to have access to UPMC’s doctors and facilities.

For two years, AG Shapiro engaged in negotiations with UPMC and Highmark to prevent the potential harm to patients posed by their expiring consent decrees. The Attorney General filed a lawsuit against UPMC when the negotiations failed to yield a positive result. He accused the non-profit health enterprise of violating the state’s charities law.

On June 14, the Commonwealth Court ruled that the state Attorney General and Highmark cannot modify the extension/termination provision of the consent decrees. AG Shapiro vowed to pursue the case after the ruling.