4. A health care divorce in Pittsburgh
The next chapter of the turf war between UPMC and Highmark in Pittsburgh — one of the highest-profile local health care dramas — is on the horizon, Bob writes.
Driving the news: Next summer, people with Highmark insurance will no longer have in-network access to UPMC hospitals and doctors, and people with UPMC insurance will no longer have in-network access to Highmark hospitals and doctors.
- In other words, the Hatfields and the McCoys officially drew a line in the sand.
The big picture: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote an op-ed Tuesday calling on state insurance officials and the attorney general to closely watch how this “divorce” affects people. And the newspaper did not hold back criticism for either side:
“The combatants cannot police themselves and long ago, in the war to destroy each other, lost sight of the sick people who need them.”