Governor Corbett Announces “Patients First” Leadership Team
Facilitate Healthcare Discussions with UPMC, Highmark; Focus on Patients,
Harrisburg − Governor Tom Corbett today issued
the following statement regarding the ongoing contractual dispute between UPMC
and Highmark in western Pennsylvania:
created the ‘Patients First’ Leadership Team and have directed my Insurance
Commissioner Mike Consedine and Department of Health Secretary Michael Wolf to
meet with Highmark and UPMC senior management and facilitate discussions to
make sure that Pennsylvanians in the western part of the Commonwealth have
clarity about their health care come January 1, 2015, and in the years to
continuing contractual dispute between Highmark and UPMC is entering a critical
phase, with the contract between the parties set to expire at the end of this
Highmark policyholders who use UPMC doctors and physicians have increasing
concerns about access to care, which need to be addressed as soon as possible.
The companies must work together and develop a plan to ensure ongoing and
affordable access to key medical facilities, providers, and unique or
specialized medical services.
in the midst of treatment should be told he or she needs to find a new doctor,
nor should anyone need to travel outside the area because their local community
hospital is no longer an option.
been in situations where we or our family members are in need of health
care. During those times, we want our attention on the care and recovery
of our loved one, not on the business.
maintain a safety net among these two companies to minimize disruption and cost
to consumers during any period of uncertainty and ensure that the companies are
working toward resolution that puts the people of western Pennsylvania first.
has also reached out to Attorney General Kane and her office to join us in
these discussions, as I believe they share our commitment to ensuring that
Pennsylvanians do not become collateral damage in the dispute between these two
non-profits and that we have a stable and competitive marketplace in the years
calling upon the boards and senior management of both companies to put their
differences aside, come together in good faith, and put together a plan that
puts patients and consumers first.
leadership team will immediately begin meeting with senior management from both
UPMC and Highmark this week. I also expect to meet personally in the near
future with the boards of both companies to communicate our goals.
that the parties will not negotiate through combative public displays that only
serve to add to existing consumer confusion and fright. The
fear-mongering needs to stop.
has come for leaders from both sides to get together around a table and figure
out a reasonable plan.
the stakes are high for both sides, and I am not asking, nor do I expect, the
companies to abandon their business objectives. I do expect both companies to
dedicate their energies toward putting their patients first.”
Christine Cronkright, 717-783-1116