HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The looming end of a business relationship between Pittsburgh-based health care giants hangs in the balance during a hearing before a state judge.
Its expiration will trigger higher costs for Highmark insurance customers who use UPMC’s network of providers.
A lawyer for the attorney general’s office, which wants the deal extended indefinitely, says it’s too late to change a provision that lets parties seek modification if it’s in the public interest.
The first witness was Jim Donahue, from the attorney general’s office. He said “UPMC never offered any changes in the modification clause.”
Quick break in the UPMC Highmark hearing. The only witness so far is Jim Donahue from the attorney general’s office. He was part of the @PAAttorneyGen negotiating team. He testified that UPMC never offered any changes in the modification clause. @KDKA
— Jon Delano KDKA (@JonDelano) June 10, 2019
But UPMC, which wants it to end, says the 2014 agreement was a five-year transition deal and nothing more.
The state Supreme Court will have the final say.
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