Highmark, West Penn leaders talk, may revive deal

Only a few weeks after West Penn Allegheny Health System canceled its agreement with Highmark, executives from both companies spoke to each other, potentially opening the door to resume the planned merger.

WPAHS Board Chairman Jack Isherwood and Highmark CEO William Winkenwerder had "a very cordial" phone conversation on Wednesday, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Although WPAHS is eager to re-open communication with Highmark about its agreement to buy the financially ailing health system, WPAHS wants Highmark "to come with a different plan that addresses our concerns and their concerns, because what they have proposed is unacceptable," WPAHS board member Paul Dimmick said. --Read the full article at FierceHealthPayer