UPMC Loses Appeal Bid In $300M Overbilling Arbitration Row

By Matt Fair (July 26, 2017, 3:06 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Tuesday it would not hear an appeal of a decision finding that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center could not force Highmark Inc. into arbitration in a $300 million lawsuit accusing the health care giant of overbilling for chemotherapy drugs and services.

A one-page order rejecting the appeal bid leaves standing a December ruling from the state's Superior Court finding that state-brokered agreements between the two entities — the dominant players in western Pennsylvania's health care and insurance markets — did not allow UPMC to push Highmark's lawsuit into arbitration.

The justices did not comment on...

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