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Highmark reaches agreement on rates for UPMC patients

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

UPMC says it's agreeing to allow some Highmark insurance enrollees under certain conditions to continue using its doctors and facilities at in-network rates.

Gov. Tom Corbett and Attorney General Kathleen Kane and the two companies announced the deal Friday, although some details remain under negotiation. A contract between the two western Pennsylvania health care giants ends Jan. 1 after a bitter fight.

Many Highmark subscribers stand to lose in-network access to UPMC doctors and hospitals after Dec. 31.

Under the agreement, doctors can keep patients who are in the midst of a course of treatment in network at UPMC for as long as necessary. Other Highmark enrollees will be able to keep their doctors for a year if they can't find an alternative. UPMC's rural and specialty hospitals also will remain in network.

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