Ferlo: Highmark preparing to buy WPAHS

Ferlo: Highmark preparing to buy WPAHS

There are 2 comments on the Bizjournals story from Jun 2, 2011, titled Ferlo: Highmark preparing to buy WPAHS. In it, Bizjournals reports that:

Health insurance giant Highmark Inc. plans to acquire the West Penn Allegheny Health System , then partner with another health system to run what is the region's second biggest hospital network, according to a state official.

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Altoona, PA

#1 Jun 28, 2011
These three large non-profit should start operating in the public interest instead of engaging in empire building. Anyone who uses a UPMC doctor and has Highmark insurance, should contact ALL of their elected officials to make sure the do not end up paying out-of-network rates. These same people should pressure their insurer to offer the UPMC health plan as an option. Forcing people to pay more or change from a doctor they know and trust IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
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Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Jun 16, 2013
The fact is that UPMC risked losing their own patients to another health system by not renewing their contract with Highmark; Highmark did not deny UPMC these customers access to UPMC; they offered to renew the contract with UPMC - no, instead UPMC denied them access by not accepting their Highmark health care coverage in this their decision. Putting these patients in a difficult position of having to leave their UPMC PCPs or switch to UPMC health insurance, thus taking business away from Highmark- not to mention all of UPMC's negative ad campaignes. And it is all ridiculous - haven't we all had enough already!! No, UPMC is not acting in the public's or their patient's best interest in this regard!

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