Lawyers Want Guarantee They Won’t Be ‘Insurance War’ Victims

October 15, 2011 – In The News
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After losing Highmark patients, UPMC officials told the health system's physicians Friday that they intend to honor all contractual commitments to minimize or eliminate any financial impact on practices. Local health care attorneys are now seeking written assurances the doctors won't be victims of the "insurance war" between the region's largest health system and its largest insurer.

William H. Maruca said none of his physician clients have been up for contract renewal since the UPMC-Highmark dispute arose, but he added that similar insurance war language "would be something we would ask for" in any upcoming negotiations.

"They are telling [physicians] they will hold them harmless, and we would want that to appear in the contract, as opposed to just an email."

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