June 26, 2019

The agreement will allow Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield patients to receive care at UPMC facilities, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Missouri, and Pennsylvania.

  • California: City of Hope will invest $1 billion into building a new hospital and research center in Irvine. The new hospital and research center will focus on enhancing the delivery of cancer care for patients in Orange County, where almost 20% of cancer patients leave the area for advanced care (Vincent/Cutchin, Los Angeles Times, 6/25).

  • Missouri: A federal judge on Monday ruled that the last abortion clinic in Missouri can stay open until Friday. The judge also ordered Planned Parenthood and the state to take the case to a state panel that handles licensing problems. Planned Parenthood said it's worried the panel won't reach a decision by Friday, which would make Missouri the first state in almost 50 years not to have an abortion clinic (Hellmann/Cohn, The Hill, 6/24).

  • Pennsylvania: UPMC and Highmark Health on Monday reached a 10-year agreement that will allow Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield members to receive care at UPMC facilities. The agreement takes effect on July 1, one day after a consent decree that ensured in-network access at UPMC for Highmark members expires. The agreement marks the end of an eight-year battle between UPMC and Highmark (Meyer, Modern Healthcare, 6/24).

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