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Employers throughout Pittsburgh feel sense of relief as UPMC, Highmark reach deal

Patty Tascarella
Employers throughout Pittsburgh feel sense of relief as UPMC, Highmark reach deal

After all the bad feelings between UPMC and Highmark, all the legal action, and the tension and controversy leading up to what was to be the end of the consent decrees, Monday's announcement that a 10-year deal had been reached to provide access for all Highmark members to UPMC doctors and facilities came like a bolt out of the blue for many businesspeople who have been following the saga. "It was a surprise," said Jessica Brooks, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health. "I'm actually shocked and still processing." The announcement of a 10-year "global" agreement between UPMC and Highmark by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Gov. Tom Wolf was barely an hour old.