As highlighted earlier in our blog this summer, healthcare provider UPMC and health insurance company Highmark still have not reached a decision regarding their contract. UPMC has chosen not to negotiate with Highmark after news was broken that Highmark was trying to acquire UPMC's biggest competitor in western PA: Western Penn Allegheny Health System. Since Highmark is now operating Western Penn, they can be considered to be in direct competition with UPMC. The groups are in talks about how to best disperse patient records in case a patient wants to switch healthcare systems.
If you have Highmark insurance and are also a patient within the UPMC Healthcare system, Attorney Doug Stoehr advises you to carefully examine any correspondence that your health insurance and medical provider may send you. It is important to be as knowledgeable as possible about what you are entitled to from your insurance company and your healthcare provider, especially when major changes are occurring within those systems. Attorney Stoehr is a lawyer specializing in personal injury and services the western and central Pennsylvania area. If you would like to consult with him about a possible personal injury claim, please contact our law office.