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Pa. Justices Cast Doubt On Highmark-UPMC Deal Extension

Law360, Harrisburg (May 16, 2019, 7:05 PM EDT) -- Pennsylvania’s highest court seemed unwilling Thursday to indefinitely extend a state-brokered consent decree to require the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to provide ongoing in-network access to Highmark Inc. insurance holders.

As he works toward forcing a permanent working relationship between the rival health care and insurance giants, Attorney General Josh Shapiro has asked the courts to strip the consent decree, which was originally intended to last for five years, of its June 30 termination date.

But Justice Max Baer suggested during oral arguments in Harrisburg on Thursday that the deal’s expiration date was part of the overall structure of the...

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